Long-serving volunteer retires after 29 years at Weston Hospicecare

PUBLISHED: 07:51 19 June 2018

Pat with chief executive, Paul Winspear, and director of patient services, John Bailey. Picture: Harry Cardno.

Pat with chief executive, Paul Winspear, and director of patient services, John Bailey. Picture: Harry Cardno.

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A volunteer who has dedicated 29 years to Weston Hospicecare is retiring this week.

Pat with hospice staff and volunteers Amanda Cook, Jane Keenan and Louise Perfitt. Picture: Harry Cardno.Pat with hospice staff and volunteers Amanda Cook, Jane Keenan and Louise Perfitt. Picture: Harry Cardno.

Pat Emery has supported the hospice since it launched almost three decades ago.

Amanda Cook and Louise Perfitt, who worked with Pat on the reception team, paid tribute to her loyalty and commitment.

They said: “Since the day we both started here at the hospice, Pat has been a loyal and integral part of the reception team.

“She is an absolute pleasure to know and we have enjoyed every minute working with her.

Pat with hospice staff and volunteers Amanda Cook, Jane Keenan and Louise Perfitt. Picture: Harry Cardno.Pat with hospice staff and volunteers Amanda Cook, Jane Keenan and Louise Perfitt. Picture: Harry Cardno.

“As our longest-serving volunteer, Pat has shown incredible dedication and has so many wonderful stories and memories to share from the 29 years that she has been involved with the hospice.

“She will be sorely missed by everyone and we wish her all the very best in her retirement.”

More: Hospice thanks ‘caring’ and ‘hard-working’ volunteers.

Pat has worked the morning shift on reception every Thursday and she is also part of the Weston Friends of the Hospice committee, a role she is planning to keep up during her retirement.

Pat said: “I started many years ago at Montpelier (the hospice’s first base) and there have been lots of memorable events.

“We have had Prince Edward here and that was the opening here at Jackson-Barstow House.”

Pat started volunteering for the hospice in 1989 when her children left for college.

She said: “With my immediate family leaving for college, I decided I needed to do something useful to take the place of looking after my family and this came up.

“There have been lots of highlights and I have enjoyed working here with people coming in and I have just enjoyed every day. I have accepted every opportunity, and have really enjoyed myself and have got a lot of pleasure out of working here.”

During her time at the hospice Pat has taken on a number of different voluntary roles.

She intends to continue supporting the hospice by staying on the Friends of Weston Hospicecare committee.

She said: “I am not leaving the hospice completely, I am on the friends committee and I would like to stay on that for a while.”

The charity relies on support from volunteers in its retail shops, as community companions, drivers, counsellors and at the hospice headquarters in Uphill.

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