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January 2, 2014

Hospice volunteer has four legs

Goldie is melting hearts. She’s only 10, but quite a lady. The canine volunteer is transported to Warde Health Center in Windham by a hospice volunteer, where she visits with patients who wish she would stay much longer, the visits are never long enough.

The hospice volunteer is Beth Hunter of Derry. She is a Compassionate Care Hospice volunteer.

The joy that Hunter is creating is multiplied many times over and it is difficult to determine who benefits the most.

Certainly, Hunter enjoys the outings with Goldie, to see the joy Goldie brings. The hospice patients at Warde Health Center say their day is brightened beyond words.

Goldie is happy as well, as evidenced by her eagerness for the outings. Not to be understated is the pleasure it brings to Goldie’s owner, Elizabeth Kelly of Londonderry, a former Community Liaison with Compassionate Care Hospice. Kelly has been on the challenging journey of dealing with multiple sclerosis and the isolation having an illness like MS can bring.

Having someone drop by to pick up Goldie every other week and check in with Kelly just might be the best part of all. It’s a win-win-win-win-win situation. For more information about volunteering with Compassionate Care Hospice of Londonderry, contact volunteer coordinator Molly Brewer at 421-9887.

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