Without our dedicated volunteers, the Foundation would not be able to do the wonderful work that we do for children and families throughout Western Australia. From manning the Foundation’s Gift Shop, preparing annual receipt mail-outs, setting up for fundraising events and bringing Stitches the Bear to life, volunteers take on a wide range of jobs.
Dolores –39 years and counting!
Dolores has been an integral part of the hospital family, volunteering for the last 39 years. As one of the original PMH volunteers, she worked in most areas of PMH and is continuing her important work at Perth Children’s Hospital in the Foundation’s Gift Shop.
On a Thursday morning anyone who visited the Volunteer Kiosk at PMH had the pleasure of seeing Dolores’ smiling face. She was one of two volunteers that started the PMH Kiosk on level 4, selling lollies and other essentials to families who were at PMH for appointments or desperately needed a pick-me-up during longer admissions.
Dolores began volunteering when her youngest child was at school. Very shy and unsure, she made herself go for her first interview and the rest, as they say, is history.
It really was the best thing I ever did. I remember having to literally force myself out the door, but I’ve never regretted that first step. Volunteering gives me so much joy.
Dolores was no stranger to other parts of PMH. She worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Friendship Room near theatre, and the hospital school. She was also an integral part of the PMH Volunteer Committee serving as Vice President for several years.
“I was very lucky and started volunteering when it was still part of the role to look after the babies in the NICU. It’s my favourite memory, getting to know the parents. I’m still in touch with some of them. Their babies have grown up and are now bringing their own babies in!” explained Dolores.
“It will be 40 years next year that I have been coming to the hospital. I love seeing familiar faces and spending time with the friends that I have made over the years. I certainly have no intention of retiring just yet!”