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Susan and Pat are part of our tar-TIN army!

IMG_6486Susan Davis and Pat Brown are two of our tin collectors. They go out in to the community to local businesses, community groups, church groups, hotels, pubs and many more and their role is to put the St Columba’s Hospice collection tins all over their community, so donating to the Hospice can be easy for people when they are out and about.

Susan and Pat are a formidable team, having both joined the Hospice as volunteers in summer 2015 and since then have found nearly 40 new outlets for our collection tins in their area of Portobello.

Susan said: “A change in career circumstances allowed me the time to offer my assistance volunteering at the Hospice. Reading the Hospice’s magazine last summer triggered me to apply and I’m so glad that I did. I really enjoy promoting the work of the Hospice, representing the patients and staff out in the community and helping to raise awareness about the care provided. I also enjoy getting to know my local community. If anyone is thinking about becoming a volunteer, I’d say – go for it! It isn’t difficult to become a volunteer as the time you give can be whatever suits you. You can see how the funds you help to raise make life more comfortable for patients. The recent refurbishment has had a huge impact on the community and this is really visible.”

Pat added: “I wanted to be a volunteer and do something outside. Volunteering for the Hospice runs in my family as my mum was a volunteer in the Iona Café in the original building some 30 years ago. I love being a volunteer because I enjoy meeting other volunteers, and building relationships with people. I am always impressed by the amount of positive comments I hear from people about the Hospice when I am out on my route. I really believe that the Hospice still has the same atmosphere it did when I first started coming here – it’s still incredibly warm and welcoming. Supporting the Hospice by being a volunteer, it gives me a sense of purpose.”

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