Doreen Eastment has been working at St. Margaret’s Hospice for 12 years, welcoming visitors to our Yeovil hospice as a reception volunteer. She also helps out at some of our fundraising events, including the hospice’s summer fete, where with her family and friends she manages the tea room in conjunction with the kitchen staff.

Explaining why she started volunteering at her local hospice, Doreen said she wanted to help in the community and was made to feel welcome.

“I have met a lot of people through volunteering here who I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” she said. “It’s nice to be a part of St. Margaret’s. Everybody is so friendly and kind.”

Doreen is one of more than 60 reception volunteers at our hospices in Yeovil and Taunton.

“I enjoy meeting and greeting lots of people, and I find it very rewarding,” she said. “It’s very important because you are the first contact families and patients have when they enter the hospice. In some instances they can be quite overwhelmed, anxious or emotional, but they soon find out what a caring and welcoming environment it is.”

Doreen’s husband Pete also volunteers as a member of the Westland Retirement Association monthly gardening group at the hospice, as well as helping out at fundraising events. With their family and friends, the couple have also held two fetes at their daughter’s home, raising over £3,000 for St. Margaret’s.

“We would recommend volunteering to anyone who enjoys meeting people and would like to do something worthwhile to contribute to a worthy cause,” said Doreen. “We have known many patients who have been cared for and whose families have been supported by St. Margaret’s Hospice, which makes us well aware of what a difference the charity makes to families in the local community.”

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