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I encourage you to make a difference

I’m saying goodbye to Thames Hospice after 18 months as Marketing Assistant. My move takes me to the Big Smoke, with an abundance of knowledge, new skills and memories I will treasure forever.

I feel honoured to have been involved in the exciting mix of Thames Hospice events, which raise much-needed funds towards the £7m needed each year to keep the Hospice running. My favourite event is the Santa Dash - it’s such an inspiring day, full of fun and cheer, whilst also being a chance for those who have been affected by the Hospice to remember their loved ones.

Some of my highlights include volunteering at the ever-entertaining annual Wellington Christmas Concert, meeting the Dulux dog as part of our Inpatient Entertainment Programme, promoting the launch of Vintage Boutique (our specialist shop, in Marlow), speaking to patients and their families, helping at a number of special occasions (including a Hospice wedding), helping iconic children’s TV character Basil Brush to prepare to open our Santa Dash... there really are too many to mention! I must say my scariest moment was when we had to present to a local primary school at the last minute - speaking in front of more than 100 children and their teachers. I was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it taught me to think on my feet and added to the great variety of jobs I did every day.

As Thames Hospice’s (un) official photographer and videographer, my most poignant moments have been speaking with patients and their loved ones, to understand how the Hospice has helped them. Working on-site and seeing the reality of the care the charity provides to people in the Hospice, Community Therapy Unit, and in homes across East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, has really made a difference to me - allowing me to promote the cause as well as possible, as well as reminding me to treasure every day.

I hope what I’ve done has made a real difference and I encourage you to help this amazing charity in any way possible, so it can continue to support local people and their families... now and in the future.