Shaun and his late Mum Janet, who was cared for at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall.
After Shaun Crosse's Mum Janet was cared for so wonderfully by our Thorpe Hall Hospice at Home team, he decided to take part in his local sponsored volunteering scheme to give something back.
Shaun Crosse had had little sleep for five days as he nursed Mum, Janet, through the final days of her life. He was exhausted, struggling and unsure where to turn.
Janet’s GP referred Shaun to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice at Home, and our team swiftly stepped in to organise round-the-clock care and support.
"Finally I could get some sleep and that meant I could spend quality time with Mum the rest of the day," recalls Shaun. "The nurses were just wonderful, giving Mum the care and support she needed so I could get the rest I needed to carry on."
Janet died peacefully at home in February this year. "I was so grateful for what Hospice at Home did for us that I wanted to raise some money to say thank you from the bottom of my heart," Shaun explains. "But I didn’t want to go and do a bike ride or a run – I wanted the nursing team who looked after Mum to see me at Thorpe Hall doing something useful to help them."
When Shaun heard about the hospice’s sponsored volunteering campaign, launched during National Volunteers' Week earlier this month, he realised it was the perfect solution.
He would spend a day volunteering at the hospice, and ask family, friends and work colleagues to sponsor him for his time.
Shaun’s boss at the London-based property company where he works kicked things off by giving Shaun the day off and sponsoring him £250 - and the 49 year old has now raised almost £2,000 with his sponsored volunteering day scheduled for July.
"People who know me know how much this means to me and they have been so generous," he continues. "I’m really looking forward to my day at the hospice and to helping those people who helped us at such a difficult time."
A popular scheme
A full timetable of jobs is currently being compiled for Shaun, giving him the chance to work alongside the hospice team.
"We launched the sponsored volunteering campaign in response to a suggestion from a volunteer," says Thorpe Hall Hospice community fundraiser Joely Garner. "It’s proved really popular with dozens of volunteers signing up and seeking sponsorship for the hours they worked with us during National Volunteers' Week.
"We’re delighted that Shaun has taken the idea one step further by actually giving us a day of his time as a way of saying thank you, and then encouraging his friends and family to sponsor him," she adds.
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Interested in our sponsored volunteering scheme? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01733 225 999.