Like the rest of the key worker team at Telford’s Asda store, Ed Moore is all too aware of the problems the COVID-19 pandemic is causing. 

But he carries on – and this determination to get the job done is also evident in his volunteer work here at the hospice. 

“I have coped quite well over the recent weeks, a few of my colleagues at the supermarket have shown COVID-19 symptoms but I don’t know anyone who has actually had it. I have just tried to get on as much as I can.” 

Long serving

Ed is one of our long serving volunteer gardeners. He has carefully tended the flower beds, planted perennials and trimmed hedges at our hospice in Telford for the past 11 years. 

He loves his job here and he gets great satisfaction seeing the enjoyment the gardens bring to our visitors. 

“I started volunteering at the hospice 11 years ago to get some experience to put on my CV. I was unemployed at the time and thought it would be a good thing to do – and I have stayed. 

Pleasure

“I love it. I get real pleasure working in the gardens. 

“I have really missed it and can’t wait to get back. I have made some great friends over the years. 

“Before the pandemic I went once a week and enjoyed it – now I want to get back. I love tending the gardens and I feel very happy when I hear people say how beautiful they are and how they help people.” 

Enthusiastic

Head gardener Tony Comley said Ed was a great member of the team. “He is so enthusiastic about his volunteering here at the hospice. 

“The gardens really make a difference to people who they visit us, and we are very proud of them. It is down to the hard work of people like Ed that the gardens look so good. We have a wonderful team of volunteers who work on our gardens and we are really grateful to them for all they do.” 

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