Averil Hart has been a volunteer at St Ann’s for over 40 years, and we’re so happy that she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of this at the Cheshire Woman of the Year Awards recently. Averil started volunteering at St Ann’s in 1976, after her mother was cared for here before she sadly died.
I love it at St Ann’s, it’s really become a big part of my life. I had a wonderful time with my friend at the ceremony, and I feel so privileged to have been given this award, although I’d like to say it’s not just for me, it’s for all volunteers.
Over her 40 years, she has volunteered in many different areas of the hospice, and her duties have included drinks rounds and tea rounds on the wards, driving to collect day care patients, working in day care, and her current role in the coffee shop. She was also trained to become a bereavement visitor, and helped organise a bereavement helpline and rota.