What Our Volunteers Say


St Luke's has over 850 volunteers working across the hospice and in our shops.

St Luke’s volunteer, Barbara Kirner, has volunteered at the hospice since 1988! When Barbara started volunteering, she also worked part-time at the Kilburn Polytechnic student library. Barbara says:

"I started fundraising for the new day care centre at the old premises in Wembley. I saw a notice asking for volunteers to help out in fundraising for a few hours a week and training for volunteers would also be given. So I took up the opportunity and have not stopped since!

I volunteer at the St Luke’s Pinner shop early in the week and IPU on Wednesdays. I have previously helped out at the summer and Christmas Fetes and even peeled vegetables! I completed the Midnight Walk with my daughter-in-law Jill for the first time this year and it was brilliant. I am thinking about completing the Santa Dash in December and encouraging the other Pinner shop volunteers to take part.

I am real people person and love meeting new people in the shop and helping the patients in IPU. Volunteering enhances my life and I recommend it whatever your age. It’s a privilege volunteering for St Luke’s."

St Luke’s Volunteer, Rachelle Goldberg, has volunteered for the hospice for three years after seeing an advert in the local paper for Bereavement Volunteers. You might have also heard Rachelle playing the piano for the Day Care patients and she will also be performing at this year’s Light up a Life event. Rachelle says:

"My late parents donated via the draw and neighbours participated in various fund raising events. A friend of mine who I performed with in concerts passed away at St Luke’s earlier in the year and the fact that I received no bereavement support when my parents passed away encouraged me to want to help other people.

My occupation is a professional musician, violinist and pianist and I teach Stringed instruments in Primary and Secondary Schools. Prior to last year I was Senior Manager in a London Borough Music Service.

I like St. Luke’s is because it has a wonderful positive attitude to the patients, their relatives and visitors. The staff are always interested in their volunteers and appreciate what they do for the community.

I really believe that other people should volunteer in some way to help St Luke’s. The community is very fortunate to have the Hospice and it is very special to contribute, seeing the Hospice grow in the range of support it offers. I was brought up in Kenton and I believe that everyone should contribute in some way to their community.

In addition to being a Bereavement Support Volunteer I am also on the Fund Raising Committee for the Summer Proms and have attended several events including the Quiz Nights."

If you want to find out how you can volunteer like Rachelle and Barbara, click here to see what vacancies we have.