Their way of giving back
As volunteers around the country are celebrated as part of National Volunteer Week, two of Matamata’s most dedicated continue to do what they love.
Linda Murphy and Natalie Field give up countless hours of their time each week to be of assistance to patients in Matamata’s Pohlen Hospital.
The pair are part of the hospital’s Pohlen Pals initiative, but Pohlen Hospital general manager Greg Parker said Linda and Natalie go above and beyond the call of duty.
Linda is at the facility every day while Natalie dedicates four or five days a week to making life just that little bit brighter for the patients.
Linda’s mother is at Pohlen Hospital and after a few weeks she saw other people coming in to help.
‘‘I thought I’d just love to do that and I’m really, really enjoying it.’’
Linda sees being a Pohlen Pal as her way of giving back.
‘‘They’re looking after mum so well. The staff lutely brilliant.
‘‘They make you feel so welcome.’’
Natalie added: ‘‘I’ve felt welcome from day one.’’
As Pohlen Pals, both Linda and Natalie do a range of activities with the patients. They get involved with everything from listening and having a chat to doing nails and reading a paper.
‘‘For those that don’t get many visitors, just sitting with them and holding their hand is enough some days,’’
abso- Natalie said, adding that volunteering gives her more purpose during the day. ‘‘I love it here.’’ Greg said Natalie and Linda, along with all the other Pohlen Pals, are a vital part of the hospital.
There is already a large group of people who volunteer as Pohlen Pals, but Greg said he is always willing to hear from others who wish to help. ‘‘It is a real family atmosphere here at Pohlen and our volunteers are a vital part of this extended family.’’