Happy in hos­pi­tal

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

WHEN Norma Davis re­tired as a med­i­cal sci­en­tist, she missed the hos­pi­tal at­mos­phere so much she re­turned as a vol­un­teer at St John of God Mur­doch Hos­pi­tal.

“I live in River­ton and thought I might be able to of­fer some­thing up there,” Mrs Davis said.

“I just wan­dered in and asked. I started in the cof­fee shop be­cause I like talk­ing to peo­ple and food.” That was 25 years ago. Mrs Davis cur­rently vol­un­teers in the en­doscopy ward, serv­ing re­fresh­ments to pa­tients, sooth­ing them and run­ning er­rands.

“I love the hos­pi­tal at­mos­phere; I’m used to it and com­fort­able with it,” she said.

Mrs Davis was among 24 vol­un­teers who re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate for ser­vice to one or­gan­i­sa­tion for 25 years or more from WA Gover­nor Kim Bea­z­ley at the Vol­un­teer­ing WA Gar­den Party on In­ter­na­tional Vol­un­teer Day. The group of vol­un­teers has con­trib­uted more than 835 years to vol­un­teer­ing.

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Norma Davis has vol­un­teered at St John of God Mur­doch Hos­pi­tal for 25 years.

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