As part of Hospice Care Week, we focus on volunteering and chat to Mike...
Without its army of more than 500 volunteers, St Andrew’s Hospice would not exist.
That is the reality for North East Lincolnshire’s only hospice, where volunteers work in all areas of the charity and help make each day count for the poorly adults and children who use it.
Now the hospice is appealing to anyone with a few hours a week to spare to get involved too. From socialising with patients and preparing food to serving customers in its shops or helping out at fundraising events, there is bound to be a role to suit you.
Mike Pounder is the hospice’s volunteer photographer and has been in the role for about five years. He was in the police for 30 years before retiring in 2005, during which he worked as a crime scene photographer and also helped establish the rules of presenting digital photography as evidence in court. He is also a volunteer photographer for the National Trust, at Gunby Hall near Skegness.
“I have always been interested in photography and always have a camera in my car,” he said. “It’s a passion for me because I like being able to capture moments in time, and record memories for years to come.
“I enjoy volunteering at the hospice because of the variety of people I get to meet. I particularly love photographing events like the Christmas parties. There’s a sad perception that hospices are gloomy and all about bad times, but St Andrew’s is anything but. It’s such a happy place.”