1st March 2022
Meet the Volunteer: Sue Durrant
Sue is one of a small group of green-fingered volunteers who tend the hospice garden.
She started volunteering a few years ago after moving to a flat with no garden. When she heard that the hospice was looking for volunteer gardeners she was keen to get involved.
Sue said: “It was the first time I’d lived anywhere without a garden of my own, and I missed getting outside. I enjoy being in the hospice garden in all weathers. There’s always something that needs looking after. I also enjoy the company of the other volunteers, the patients, their friends and relatives and staff who come into the garden to chat to us.”
Covid lockdowns meant there were long periods when volunteers could not come to the hospice, but Sue and her fellow gardening volunteers are busy making up for lost time.
“Covid has taken its toll on the garden but we are gradually bringing it back to its former glory, so that once again it will be in a fit state to hold events in,” Sue added.
Sue, 75, has been retired for many years but prior to that she lived in London where she worked as a Legal Executive for a firm of solicitors in the city.
Her advice to anyone considering volunteering is, “Do it! Whatever role you choose, I’m sure you will find it very rewarding supporting the hospice in its valuable work.”