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Cyril, a volunteer driver and gardener


Cyril has more than one string to his bow when it comes to volunteering

Cyril has more than one string to his bow when it comes to volunteering. He gives his time in the hospice gardens and is also a volunteer driver, helping to transport patients to and from the hospice.


How much time is needed to volunteer?
As much as you like but I personally do around 15 hours per week.

What does your role involve?
When driving, my role involves transporting patients from their home to the hospice and back again.  We cover the North Devon area but can we also go as far as North Cornwall and Somerset.  When gardening, my role involves maintaining the large gardens, which also include a vegetable garden and lots of fruit trees.  

What inspired you to become a volunteer?
I have always enjoyed working so when I retired 10 years ago my wife, who worked at the Hospice, suggested that I may enjoy volunteering there.

Why would you encourage others to become a volunteer?
I would encourage others to volunteer at the Hospice as I think it is the best job ever.

What has been your most rewarding experience as a volunteer?
The best part of volunteering is when you hear the patients laughing and seeing how the patients change from when they arrive at the Hospice to when they go home.

What is your background?
I was a lorry driver for 10 years before joining the Hospice team.

What are your hobbies?
In my spare time I enjoy filming wildlife.  I also enjoy woodturning.