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Merie’s shift to volunteering at Kenepuru Hospital was a natural move for her after retiring from a lifetime of Nursing.  Merie trained at Hutt Hospital and nursed there for an incredible 40 odd years, before becoming a Research Nurse for Swee Tan at Gillies McIndoe Institute. 

Merie is a valued, cheerful and welcoming presence in Kenepuru’s Day Ward, where she works alongside staff and assists patients coming in for infusions.  She makes cups of tea, offers wheat packs for comfort, and above all offers one on one attention and good conversation to patients who are very appreciative of her care.

Merie told us that she started volunteering because she wanted to give something back and thought she had useful knowledge and experience to share.  “The best part of my volunteering is being part of a team that helps patients when needed, providing conversations and making them feel comfortable during their stay. I have also made new friendships with other volunteers which has been really lovely.” 

Thank you Merie, and to all of our dedicated volunteers.  We are so fortunate to have a team of more than 400 volunteers, who generously choose to gift their time and talents to help our hospitals in many different ways each week.  We couldn’t do it without you!  If you are interested in becoming a hospital volunteer please visit HERE.