Quarter century of helping

23:37, May 08 2013
Southland Times Photo
Pat Hardy,83, looks through some of the photos of events at Hospice Southland.

She's been the smiling face behind the reception desk, the collection box and in the kitchen for quarter of a century.

Pat Hardy, though, shrugs off her 25 years of volunteering for Southland Hospice as nothing, clearly modest about her commitment to the organisation.

The 83-year-old has done more than her fair share of work for the branch and that will again be the case during Hospice Awareness Week from May 13 to 19, and people like Pat have been working hard behind the scenes for decades to make sure hospices throughout the country run smoothly.

Hospice Southland promotions officer Renee Goldup said Pat was a familiar face around the Elles Rd facility.

''She's fantastic, we really love her around here.''

Pat is one of about 250 volunteers that give up their time to volunteer for the Hospice Southland.


''There's a lot of things that volunteers do, without that it would cost us a fortune to do. We rely on the volunteers.''

Pat has been involved with Invercargill's hospice since the very beginning, when the palliative care hospital first opened.

''Conned'' into it by a friend, the Invercargill woman has not looked back and since 1988 has given up thousands of hours to make sure the place ran smoothly behind the scenes.

She has been ntsGon ntethe hospice committee secretary, worked on reception and at one point even cooked and cleaned at the Elles Rd facility.

Pat modestly said that she had got a lot more out of the organisation than she has put in.

The Southland Times