Latest A Day in the Life of Willow Wood

Thursday 9 March saw Tameside Radio come to Willow Wood for the day. Between 10am and 3pm there were interviews with patients, with their loved ones, with staff and with volunteers, all giving a real insight into what goes on in a typical day at the Hospice.

From the first interview with some of our housekeeping staff, Donna, June and Rachel, to the very last words from our chairman Pat McCloskey, the message across the airwaves was one of pride and commitment.As Donna said “I just love coming to work here, I love talking to the patients and the atmosphere is just great”.

One of our day patients, Nita spoke movingly to Scott Bruton, presenter of Tameside Today, about her experiences of Willow Wood, both as an In-patient for a couple of weeks in January and about her weekly therapy sessions since then – “Willow Wood gave me my life back.Knowing you are there for me has enriched my life.” Scott also took part in an arts and crafts session with volunteer Jacqui, and was thrilled to find out how to make a hedgehog from an old paperback book!

Louise Croombs, presenter of Tameside Radio’s breakfast show, was given a reflexology treatment by Pat, Willow Wood’s complementary therapy lead, and came out of the therapy room relaxed and walking on air.Louise also chatted to Janet, In-patient ward manager, one of the Hospice chaplains, Eddie Inglis and one of Willow Wood’s younger volunteers Fuad.

Fuad, who came to this country as a refuge in 2013, is currently studying at Ashton Sixth Form College, volunteering at our Stalybridge shop and still has had the time to win 10 medals in karate!He is an inspiration and Willow Wood is so proud that he freely gives his time and commitment as a volunteer.

The day ended with the radio presenters tucking into one of Willow Wood’s famous cream teas, which are available every Thursday afternoon between 2-4pm.

If you were listening to the broadcast and feel inspired to offer your support, why not come to our Volunteer Open Day this Thursday 16 March.Held at our distribution centre, Langham Street, Ashton, OL7 9AX between 10am and 3pm, it’ll give you the chance to meet existing volunteers, staff and find out just what opportunities are available.Or if you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from our services please ring 0161 330 1100 and ask for the START Clinic.

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