Many of our volunteers are currently in self-isolation and cannot come to the Hospice. We caught up with one of our volunteers, Inpatient Unit Receptionist and Thames Hospice Ambassador, Richard Goss about supporting the hospice and being in isolation.
What is your role at the Hospice normally and how often do you volunteer?
I work on the reception desk on the Inpatient Unit every Tuesday morning. I am also an Ambassador for the Hospice and try to attend as many Fundraising events as time permits and also have the pleasure of talking to various groups about the work of the Hospice
You are self-isolating which means you can't volunteer at the Hospice right now?
Correct. I certainly would not want to pass on the virus to any of the patients who are very vulnerable, their families or to any of the outstanding staff.
What is the hardest thing for you?
Seeing on television and in the newspapers all the wonderful work being done by the medical profession and not being able to do something positive to help apart from self isolating.
What are you missing most about not being able to go in to the Hospice?
When I am working on the Inpatient Unit I feel in my small way I can make a positive contribution to the well being of the patients and their families. I feel part of a wonderful organisation with exceptional people.
How are you occupying your time?
Catching up with various tasks I have been meaning to complete and trying with some difficulty to avoid being under my wife's feet.
What is the first thing you will do once life goes back to normal?
This is so easy to answer. I will immediately ask if I can resume my Tuesday morning shifts on the Inpatient Unit which I regard as being one of the greatest privileges of my life.
Thank you to Richard and all our volunteer colleagues for your ongoing dedication to the Hospice, we look forward to seeing you again.