‘An­gels’ in­valu­able at hos­pi­tal

Western Suburbs Weekly - - NEWS -

FOR more than a third of her life, Ann Tay­lor has vol­un­teered her time to help pa­tients and fam­i­lies at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal (PMH).

Mrs Tay­lor is a mem­ber of the vol­un­teers com­mit­tee and pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Wel­fare of Chil­dren in Hos­pi­tal.

The 83-year-old co­or­di­nates vol­un­teers at the PMH out­pa­tient clinic tea room and helps in the hos­pi­tal’s ‘friend­ship room’.

She started as a vol­un­teer fol­low­ing a tour of the hos­pi­tal in 1988 and said she had faced “ex­tremely dif­fi­cult” en­vi­ron­ments.

“Al­though there have been nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions of great sad­ness shared with griev­ing fam­i­lies, there have been many oc­ca­sions in my 28 years where I shared in the amaz­ing re­cov­ery of hun­dreds, prob­a­bly thou­sands of chil­dren,” she said.

“For me, I am a Chris­tian and when it was over­whelm­ing I have to hand it over to God. “I do the best I can while I’m there.” Mrs Tay­lor, of Ar­dross, said it was im­por­tant to re­alise she could not change what hap­pened to peo­ple but she could of­fer a shoul­der to cry on.

“The good thing about vol­un­teer­ing is you have the time to be there for peo­ple,” she said.

“One of the sur­geons said to me, ‘you guys are an­gels and we can­not give what you peo­ple give’, and yet we know staff do.

Mrs Tay­lor said the big­gest change she had seen in her time was the ex­pan­sion in what vol­un­teers did.

“The re­quire­ments for start­ing new vol­un­teers have changed but oth­er­wise peo­ple are still pretty well the same,” she said.

Ann Tay­lor, who has vol­un­teered at PMH for 40 years.

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