On Tuesday 27 September, staff, volunteers and day care guests from Treetops Hospice Care bid a fond farewell to Sheila Redman, 83yrs, who is retiring from her volunteering post after 22 years.
Sheila, from Toton, started volunteering in 1994 after retiring from her post at the University of Nottingham. She has been coming to the Risley-based hospice weekly supporting the Day Care unit.
Treetops provide nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Within Day Care, a team of nurses, health care assistants and volunteers provide physical, emotional and social care to people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
Sheila explained how she first got involved:
“Shortly after I retired, my mother died and I’d looked after her quite a lot so I had a gap in my life. I’d heard about Treetops and I thought that’s something I can do locally. I wanted to be able to see what I’d done as sometimes if you go into a big organisation then you get a bit lost.
“When I first started, I volunteered in the kitchen and day care but I decided to just help in day care because you’re in contact with the guests and that’s what it’s all about.
“I really have loved it here. The atmosphere is wonderful and it always has been. It’s not changed that much now it’s got bigger, it still feels warm. It’s been lovely knowing everyone and I shall miss them all. ”
Fellow volunteer, Dee Cox, 73yrs from Breaston said that Sheila will be greatly missed:
“Sheila and I went to our first volunteering training course here all those years ago and we’ve volunteered together ever since.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with her. She’s so calm and collected and just brilliant with our guests. Nothing is too much trouble for her.”
The Treetops Day Care unit celebrated its 25th anniversary in August. A new Well-being day has been launched this month offering a personalised service to help people maintain their independence and quality of life.