They call me The Lucky Flower Lady at St Cuthbert's Hospice where I help sometimes on a Tuesday morning. I am one of 360 volunteers who help at the hospice. I do this through an organisation I belong to which is called Soroptimists International. I joined the Durham branch about eighteen months ago.
The first picture is a general view of the coffee shop.
In the second picture is Alwyn Pope, a soroptimist and helping her is Sandra Lawrence, friend of Barbara Hadfield who is a soroptimist.
You can see how lovely the cafe is, it serves sandwiches and cakes and pastries and is open to the public and it sells wonderful cards and jewellery and all manner of gifts and I like being there, everybody is open and friendly and it lifts my mood when I go there. I also help in the cafe with Cheryl Penna who is president of Durham S.I. Cheryl is an expert with the till whereas I am always getting in a ravel with it. We wear black pinnies and serve toasties and baked potatoes.
The volunteers do all kinds of things at the hospice including gardening and DIY, reception and patient care and I once got to help in the kitchen where I found my forte in life - threading fruit on to skewers for a special event. I did feel clever!
St Cuthbert's Hospice provides care and support for people with life limiting conditions as well as their families and carers. It makes no charge for its services so that it can help all those who need hospice care in North Durham. It receives a minority of its funding from the NHS and relies upon the local community to raise a further £1 million a year ( or £4,000 every day ) that is needed to carry on its work.
http://www.stcuthbertshospice.com/ 0191 386 1170