Close up picture of lady with dark glasses

Jane trained as a Compassionate Neighbour after retiring in 2021 and was matched to Jean, a lady in her 90s who received our end of life care at home and then at her care home until she died. The pair’s friendship was cemented over homemade scones and sharing childhood memories. Jane remembers a visit by a Hospice community nurse, when he took time to reassure and talk to Jean’s visiting granddaughter and son, too. On her volunteering role, Jane says: ‘How awful it must be not to look forward to anything, to be sat on your own. For you, it was only two hours, but for that person it might be the only break in their week.’ Jane is now matched with Dennis; when she asks how he is, he always replies: ‘I’m better now you’ve arrived’ and they enjoy chatting about local history.