Jim Hobley has driven almost 60,000 miles and transported 600 patients to and from our Day Hospice at Grove House since he started volunteering in 1994.
“Being a volunteer driver satisfies my sociable side! I used to work for a big bank so I’m used to a busy environment. The atmosphere at Grove House is fantastic and I’ve been privileged to build up a rapport with some really interesting people over the years.
“Each patient attends on a weekly basis, initially for three months. I usually volunteer two or three times a week: picking up a patient from their house at about 10 am and collecting them again from Day Hospice at 3pm. In the early days we would drive patients into London for specialist treatment but now most hospitals have their own transport service so my routes are closer to home.
“It feels an honour to be able to help people at what can only be a really challenging time in their life. Because I get to know them quite well during our weekly trips I can sometimes notice subtle changes that may not be so obvious once the patient arrives at the Day Hospice. If I’m concerned I’ll pass this on to the nurses and clinicians at Grove House. So whether the change is due to physical symptoms or emotional concerns, I know I’ve played a small part in ensuring the patient gets the care and support they need on that particular day.
“It’s a really enjoyable and rewarding role and great to be able to give something back to my local community.”