Why volunteer in Alice house Hospice shops?

Do you ever wonder why people volunteer?

Ken and Jackie Livesey, who kindly give their time in the Alice House Hospice Peterlee charity shop,  took the time to share with us a few words about their motivation and experiences as volunteers.

Ken said, “Having been retired now for a few years I felt the time was right to ‘give something back’.  Also, it would give me another interest and a good reason to get of bed in a morning.”

“My late wife spent several months receiving excellent end-of-life care in a hospice, so I had a natural affinity towards them.”

“Working at the Hospice shop has proved interesting, enjoyable and rewarding.  I have enjoyed meeting people, both as colleagues and customers and my time there is seldom boring.”

Ken summed it up by saying, “I’m very happy to be a Hospice volunteer.”


Jackie said, “I decided to volunteer at the Hospice shop as I had been retired from my very busy job as a District Nurse for several years and it was something very different from what I had always done.”

“Firstly, it gets me out of bed on a morning when I’m not looking after my grandchildren.  Secondly, I love meeting different people.”

“I have learned lots of new skills such as using a till, which horrified me when I first started but I’ve mastered it now and I’m enjoying service people.  It keeps me active and my brain alive.”

Jackie summed it up saying, “I have a very busy life, but I think variety is the spice of life and there is certainly that at our Hospice shop.”


Karen Witherley, Senior Manager Retail said, “Thanks to this lovely couple for such great support and for sharing their stories with us.  We could not fulfill our work if it was not for volunteers like the Liveseys.”

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