Finding footballers & jumping out of planes...

In this months' Blog, we hear from hospice Social Worker, Gill Knight. She tells us what led her into social work and the challenges she has undertaken for Katharine House...

"I have worked at Katharine House Hospice for over 5 years and feel incredibly fortunate to be part of such a wonderful team.  I have always had a passion for palliative care work following the death of my own father 29 years ago.  Following his death I completed voluntary work at a local hospice and then went on to be a community care worker looking after patients who were palliative.  When the vacancy came up for a social worker I had no hesitation in applying for the role and cannot explain the feeling when I was told I had been given the job following my interview. 

One of the many highlights was when I worked with Tommy, a young in-patient at the hospice who informed me he would like to meet Wayne Rooney.  I asked myself, ‘where do I start?!’

After many phone calls and hitting brick walls I spoke to our Matron, Angela, who was able to point me in the right direction and a contact Claire House Hospice.  Whilst I wasn’t able to achieve a personal visit we did manage to obtain a video of Wayne Rooney sending a Christmas wish, making one young man extremely happy. 

I am also extremely proud of my colleagues who do so much to raise money for the hospice. The training and time they put in to challenges such as walking across deserts, running marathons and the three peaks challenge were things I knew I would never achieve, so when the chance came, I took the ‘easy’ option and jumped out of an aeroplane at 13,000 feet.  People said I was brave for doing it, but my answer to them is always the same; it is the patients who are brave and that I am fortunate to work with the wonderful staff of Katharine House who care for them."