Performing Arts Volunteer – Deborah

How did you first come across Breathe Arts Health Research?

I first was made aware of Breathe Arts Health Research through my former colleague Tim Osborn who began working with Breathe six years ago.

What made you want to volunteer?

Upon retirement from Guy’s and St Thomas’ I decided I wanted to give something back to such a wonderful organisation and volunteering for Breathe seemed to offer me the opportunity to help others within the NHS.

How long have you been volunteering?

3 years

What do you like most about volunteering?

The chance  to meet people from all walks of life and to experience the wonderful performances.  I know that a one hour performance or a five minute breathing space can make a real difference to people’s lives.

What have been some of your highlights?

There has been so many conversations I have had with patients, but one in particular deserves a mention.  An elderly couple had come for an outpatient appointment in the Cancer Centre, having travelled from Bodmin in Cornwall.  Their local hospital had closed, so they had no choice, but to travel to London for a vital appointment.  This was a tiring and very stressful time for them, but by chance they came to the lunch time concert and they said it made them feel so much better – a wonderful diversion during such a difficult time. I have met many visitors experiencing serious health issues who have found great comfort and respite attending  a Breathe concert.