This week is Hospice Care Week, and Willow Wood would like to mark the occasion with some words from volunteer Wayne.  Wayne was inspired to volunteer after we cared for his mum, and his words illustrate perfectly how our care for our community results in our community caring for us.

“Approximately twelve months after the passing of my Mum in Willow Wood, I began volunteering for the Hospice. There was never any doubt in my mind that this was what I would eventually hope to do as my Mum, myself and my family were so wonderfully cared for, both during Mum’s illness and after her death. I could think of no better way to say ‘thank you’ and, no matter how indirectly, to help the hospice just a little in the continuation of its wonderful work for the people of Tameside and Glossop.

The work I do is varied and always personally satisfying. I have assisted in a number of outside and internal events, the Midnight Walk, various aspects of the annual Light up a Life event and the Summer and Winter Fetes, to name just a few. I also undertake deliveries to local schools and businesses and, whilst doing so, it comes across to me so many times how loved and valued Willow Wood really is.

Raising money for the Hospice is clearly of vital importance. It currently costs around £2.5m annually to maintain free services to Tameside and Glossop residents. I have raised funds by raising sponsorship for my participation in the Morecambe Bay Walk and the IKEA Abseil. I am also presently trying to raise sponsorship for ‘The Ton of Love for Willow Wood’ event.

The perception of Willow Wood as a gloomy or morbid place is completely wrong. The atmosphere is strikingly positive and happy. I have made a lot of friends and I love working here (which is more than I could say during the course of my normal working life!)  I hope I can volunteer for as long as I’m able, because whatever I can do for the Hospice will never compare to what the Hospice has done for me.”

Wonderful words from a wonderful volunteer.


Willow Wood offer their sincere thanks to Wayne and all their many hundreds of volunteers, supporters and fundraisers who show their care for Willow Wood in so many ways.