“It’s a shocker, you hear hospice and you think that’s where you end up before you float away. Now I know it’s a place you can come and you don’t float away.”

“I’m going to get a free massage, where do you get a free massage? I’m going to get a 3 course lunch, I’m going to get cups of tea. It’s just home from home for me. I love it, the more I come the more I love it.”

I think volunteers make Pembridge a more welcoming place at a really difficult time.

I help our patients to be more secure in the day to day activities that most people take for granted.

At age 40 my doctors diagnosed me with motor neurone disease (MND), which attacks the parts of the brain that control my muscles.

The doctor told me I had lung cancer just before Christmas 2014. He said I would probably live for six months without chemotherapy, or 18 months with.

I love seeing the transformation that can take place in people through our art sessions when they are in pain, feeling lonely or just a bit down.