What motivates our Trustee, Philip Ball to volunteer for Willen Hospice? Philip shared his thoughts with us for Volunteers week.

Philip has a nursing background of which over 30 years was based in palliative and end of life care in a variety of roles. He worked as a nurse and manager at Willen Hospice over two different periods in that time.

Now semi-retired Philip is Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at Milton Keynes University Hospital. He has used social media to network professionally and personally. Philip is also a Parish Councillor in his local village. He contributes to the Hospice through the Clinical Governance committee, the Council of Management, advising on clinical matters, and volunteering at events.

Philip tells us about how his passion for palliative care developed early in his nursing career and has continued.

“Soon after I started my nursing training, I knew I wanted to work in the developing field of hospice work. Moving to Milton Keynes led me to Willen where I started over 30 years’ work in palliative care.”

“Since then, I’ve been fortunate to experience many aspects of hospice work as a nurse and senior manager. Now semi-retired I can give back to the Hospice my time and expertise as we support the teams running the services, and raising the all-important funds required.”

We are incredibly grateful for the knowledge, experience and care that Philip brings with him. Speaking of his role as a trustee, Philip told us;

“Trustees offer oversight and encouragement, making sure Willen Hospice continues to thrive as it serves the people of Milton Keynes at such key times in their lives.”

Philip is also a dab-hand behind the bar, recently volunteering at our Eurovision Party, last month. Thanks Philip to you and all of our Trustees for your guidance, support and encouragement.

Find out more about our Board of Trustees here.