Every Little Bit Helps, says volunteer Robin Arnold
Volunteer Robin Arnold began his association with Cranford Hospice through his wife Jeanette.
“Nearly 14 years ago when we were told that nothing more could be done to arrest my wife Jeanette's cancer, we came to rely heavily on the wonderful care and love that came from the equally wonderful people at Cranford Hospice,” says Robin.
These were people Jeanette knew well, because for 18 years since Cranford opened in 1982, she and a group of ladies made sure there were always fresh flowers in every room and in the hospice corridors as well. Robin says Jeanette loved this work, and sometimes he would come and help her as her ‘gofer'.
“I would bring the vases into the flower room to be refreshed. The flowers were done twice a week not always by Jeanette, but she did it at least once a fortnight. I quite liked doing the little ones for the patient's meal trays.
“So it was, that I felt in friendly surroundings when, just three months after her last operation, I spent the last two weeks of her life with her, in her room at Cranford.”
Robin wants people to know that Cranford Hospice is not a place to be feared but a homely place of comfort and rest. “Though death may be inevitable,” he says, “just know that the best possible treatment is being given.”
“Whilst I am not able to do as much as I used to, I am happy to do what I can to be a volunteer, and help raise funds for what is a tremendous asset for Hawke's Bay - even if it is only organising the Trees of Remembrance for three days in Taradale at Christmas time,” says Robin. “Every little bit helps”.