For over 30 years Phil Lewis has volunteered as a handyman and odd job man at the hospice putting up noticeboards, filling bird-feeders, moving desks around, painting walls and any other tasks which are asked of him.
Since starting in January 1987 he volunteered 3 days a week. He went down to two days a week after he turned 65 years old in 2013.
Accident at work
Former bus driver Phil began volunteering after he suffered impaired vision following an accident at work when a drunk driver ploughed into his bus.
“After I came out of hospital they told me I could never drive again and I was classed as unemployable,” said Phil. “After about a year my wife thought it would be a good idea to try volunteering at the hospice. I just have such a laugh here – I have as much fun with the patients as I do with the staff.
“I was asked if there’s ever a day when I wake up and feel as if I don’t want to come in but there never is. The people are friendly and I always enjoy it.”