Three decades ago our volunteer Linda Poole was told she only had five years to live after being diagnosed with cancer.
Despite her doctor’s diagnosis, she fought the illness and was inspired to start volunteering for Severn Hospice during her recovery.
In April, Linda celebrated her 28th year volunteering with us, where she has given up her spare time to work in roles as varied as a window dresser and patient carer.
She says it’s very uplifting to be able to offer love and support and put a smile on the faces of patients and their families in our care.
“Whilst volunteering I have met some wonderful people, made lots of new friends and learned new skills and I am part of a good team, we all support each other and work well together,” said Linda.
“Because of the illness I had I feel I understand how people are feeling and think that everyone should be given hope to live the best they can.
“My husband Peter started volunteering as a driver as soon as he retired and we both thoroughly enjoy making a difference in our community.
“We would recommend volunteering to everyone; it is very worthwhile and good to know we are putting a smile on the lovely patients’ faces.”
After being diagnosed with the cancer in her leg, doctors told Linda if she survived the illness she would probably end up walking with a limp and stick due to a significant operation to remove the bad cancer cells.
But she was determined to not let it beat her, and has since climbed Ben Nevis, trekked around Lake Vyrnwy and taken on Snowdon twice – raising more than £2,000 for us in the process.
Linda is part of the day services team which welcomes patients and their families to the hospice in Telford on Tuesday mornings.
To find out how you can join her team click here.