Volunteering Voices – Gemma, hospice volunteer

Gemma delivers a care package to Abi’s family

Hear from Gemma who has been volunteering at our hospice in Selly Oak during the pandemic, delivering care packages and pool spotting during hydrotherapy sessions

Gemma on her way out to deliver care packages

“My name is Gemma and I volunteer at Acorns in Birmingham. During the first lockdown, I was able to help deliver care packages to families and sort all the donations, I’d been furloughed from my job and my mum works at Acorns so she brought me in to help. There were three of us volunteering and we would each take a different area around Birmingham, even going as far as Coventry and Stourbridge.

“Everyone was so grateful for the little things you could take. Whenever I drove up people would be smiling and waving. There was one memorable delivery where I knocked on the door and they started singing to me. It was great to be able to do something helpful for families, especially being furloughed, it felt really productive.

“Once the care packages finished, the hydrotherapy pool opened back up. As I normally volunteer as a pool spotter and my mum is a physiotherapist, I was able to come and help with those sessions. It’s been great to see the families coming in to use the pool. Especially last summer, many families were very limited in what they could do, so this was their chance to have a day out and get out of the house. It was great to see them having fun together.

“Acorns is a great place to be, especially when families are spending time in the pool, it’s such a fun environment. Even though I normally work as a lifeguard, it’s much more fun doing it at Acorns.”

Gemma, volunteer pool spotter

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