Hospice volunteers to take on the trek of their life
Three North London Hospice volunteers will be trekking the mighty Brecon Beacons to raise money for the Hospice. Joe, Saeid and Nicholas will be tackling 62 miles (100km) in under 27 hours. Joe Attridge, Saeid Nazari and Nicholas Leloup give up their own free time on a weekly basis to volunteer at the Hospice in North Finchely.
The Brecon Beacons are the beautiful and stunning hills that run through the centre of South Wales. Trekkers will be crossing the highest peaks in the Beacons and South Wales including Pen y Fan (886m), Corn Du (873m), Cribyn (795m) and Fan y Big (719m).
Both Joe and Nicholas have experienced first hand the wonderful care the Hospice provides. Joe’s wife Anna died from pancreatic cancer in 2006 and was cared for by the Hospice. Nicholas’s mother was also cared for by the Hospice and died at her place of choice, her home, in 2011.
Joe said: “Since 2007 I have been a volunteer in the Inpatient Unit at Finchley, I help out in many ways – I see the difference just holding someone’s hand can make, reading to them or taking them out for a walk even if it’s in a wheelchair or bed, it really does lift them, you can see the joy on their faces. Whatever we do at the Hospice, it really is a privilege to be able to help and support the patients, their family and friends at what can be a very difficult time.”
Nicholas said: “The Hospice provides comfort, not just in the medical sense, but with a fantastic team of nurses, doctors and volunteers, it provides the emotional support that makes illness at least a degree more bearable. But the Hospice’s role extends further still. Unlike the vast majority of patients, my mum had the relative fortune of being able to be transferred home, where she spent the next eight months.
The medical community team from the NLH provided the constant invaluable medical care to her and support to the family, which enabled her to remain there. This is so important and it made me appreciate how the services that the Hospice provides extend beyond its walls to a community level, and is why I volunteer there.”
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