A 92-year-old Chorleywood resident has praised a local hospice’s social support service, which is looking for more volunteers.
Peace Hospice Care’s Compassionate Neighbours programme aims to help prevent loneliness and isolation, through volunteers being matched with members of the community based on shared hobbies, interests and location.
After suffering a stroke a year ago which left her without her confidence, local resident Leslie was matched with volunteer Fiona, and the two have since become firm friends.
Leslie said: “Having Fiona around is really lovely. She’s got a great sense of humour, so we have a lot of fun.
“It’s always nice to know someone’s coming round to see you, especially at the weekend – the days always seem longer when you’re on your own.
“Since being matched with Fiona and being able to go out together, even just to the local garden centre, I feel so much more independent and less anxious about going out. It means a lot to have someone there for you; I know I can ring Fiona any time.”
If you are interested in getting involved in the programme, or if you or someone you know feel could benefit from this support, please get in touch with the Compassionate Neighbours team by emailing email@example.com or by calling 07718 57011.