Since our Companions Service was established in 2012 it has gone from strength to strength. Today it has over 40 volunteers involved in providing care and support to patients and carers. Last year they made around 500 visits to patients in their own homes and clocked up around 3000 hours supporting people in a variety of ways. Volunteers may sit with a patient to allow respite for a carer, support the patient with light day-to-day tasks, help them engage with social activities or take them out to places they would like to visit.

One patient when interviewed said

“I can say nothing but good about this service. from the moment I met K we gelled. I have a friend for life; we have the same sense of humour. I couldn’t be matched with anyone better”

Another service user described what she and her husband got from their Companions visit:

“She’s someone else to talk to, someone other than me. the fact that she’s there while I’m out gives me some peace of mind. it’s a great service. absolutely marvellous.”

Our Companions service is life-line for so many people and an essential part of the care we provide. By taking part in the Hospice Care Hero Walk you are playing your part in making a difference to those living with a life-limiting illness in our community