A day in the life of a volunteer 

Volunteer, Brenda Robinson tells her story:

"My name is Brenda Robinson and I am a volunteer on Ward 9 in Macclesfield Hospital. I go two days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday) I would love to do more days if I lived in Macclesfield but find it too far from Knutsford, especially having to rely on transport.

"I really love being a volunteer and caring for people. My pleasure doing this is making the patients happy, just to see them laughing is really rewarding in my eyes. With them being elderly I just love to think I could help them to have a better quality of life during their stay in hospital. It is lovely to fetch them into the conservatory and do activities of their choice. I volunteer on the MAPLE project, which runs three times a week for patients. Some patients like to just talk and go down memory lane and they have some stories to tell which makes it more worthwhile just to see them happy.

"The staff make me so welcome on their ward and helping them gives me great pleasure. Patients will come to MAPLE from different wards and we welcome them with tea or coffee and biscuits. They enjoy coming and want to come the following day if it’s possible for them. We play bingo, cards, dominoes and do crafts, depending what they like to do.

"We ask them if they like to have lunch in the conservatory and some do. We make the setting on table special for them. On special dates eg Valentine, Easter andChristmas we like to create things for them, cards to give to their family etc, which they really seem to appreciate.

"I am at my happiest when helping those who come to the MAPLE project to spend a bit of quality time away from the wards and in a sociable atmosphere."

Fran Watson (pictured below), aged 61, volunteers at Macclesfield District General, here she writes about a typical day volunteering: 

"I started volunteering at Macclesfield in May 2013, after I retired from a career in education.

"I've always been a fan of the NHS and believe, despite set backs, it is an extraordinary organisation. I chose Macclesfield Hospital simply because it is the nearest to my home in Wilmslow. I have, however, found it to be a modern, well-run hospital with hard-working staff who work hard with a good sense of duty and fun.

"I volunteer one day a week starting in the wonderful RVS shop. I meet a fantastic variety of people including staff, patients, visitors, outpatients and those who just love the shop! The staff there are wonderful and work tirelessly.

"After a quick lunch, I go to Ward 9 to help give out lunches and assist patients and staff in any way possible that is within my ability. It's a time when having many helping hands is important. This takes about an hour, and then I move on to Ward 10. Here I am mainly there to talk to the patients, but I sometimes do this through playing cards or dominoes or occasionally helping with a crossword or word search.

"However just talking to patients is amazing. It's moving and enlightening to hear about their lives which are often long and complex. I finish between 3 and 4pm, it's a very enjoyable and fulfilling day."

Hayley O'Neill volunteers on Macclesfield Hospital's main reception desk and also assists in processing volunteer applications.

Hayley said: "I started volunteering with the trust after responding to an advertisement by the CVS Cheshire East in the Macclesfield Express. I enjoy meeting a wide variety of people and helping to ensure a high standard of customer care."

Amin Kuhail, originally from Palestine, works on Ward 4 at Macclesfield Hospital, helping with filing and correspondence.

He said: "I am volunteering at the hospital to get some valuable workplace experience.I have feeling that I am doing good thing in my life and I work with nice employees as well."


You can also read about Macmillan Centre volunteer Marjorie Eardley in this Macclesfield Express article.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to speak to someone, call us on 01625 661974.