Les Pedrick started to volunteer with Rennie Grove Hospice Care just 16 months ago and has already made a huge impact, becoming involved in increasing numbers of ways. Now, he has received the accolade of Valiant Volunteer at the Herts Ad Community Awards.
Les started working as an Information and Support volunteer in the Urology clinic at St Albans City Hospital, offering a supportive, listening ear and timely information to patients on a regular weekly basis. This is a vital role for patients who may be dealing with a difficult diagnosis, and may need extra help and support in addition to medical advice.
Les then also began to volunteer on a weekly basis at the Day Hospice at Grove House in St Albans. Joan Follett, Clinical Lead, Day Services, says: “Les is sensitive and intuitive. He understands completely the ethos and values of the service that we offer and always knows the boundaries of his role, which means that his commitment to the patients is complete, and he works tirelessly to make sure that they get the best support possible during their visits to the day hospice. He is always prepared to take on new challenges and to find other ways of supporting the work that Rennie Grove Hospice Care does.”
As if these two roles were not enough, Les has recently begun offering Spiritual Care to Day Hospice patients on a weekly basis as well and helps to develop and maintain great links with St Albans City Hospital. He has appeared on local radio to talk about the work that Rennie Grove does, and regularly takes part in street collections to raise much needed funds.
All in all Les is the perfect embodiment of the “Valiant Volunteer” – someone who gives a huge amount of their time and energy to help others without seeking praise or reward, and who is always looking for new ways to help and support.