Judith's story

Judith joined the Cornwall Hospice Care team in 2000

What were you doing before you became a volunteer?

I spent 28 years in the City of London working at senior management level in human resources within investment banks.  My late husband and I came to Cornwall in 2000 to escape the pressures of corporate life. We bought a renovation project with land and spent 6 years developing it into a luxury B & B.  I entered MasterChef in 2000 and was a South West finalist! So with that behind me I was confident I wasn’t going to poison my guests and we offered dinner as well as B & B.   Sadly in May 2006, completely out of the blue, my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He was one of the fittest people you could meet – ran marathons.  I nursed him at home as was his wish and he died on 1st September that year.

What inspired you to become a volunteer, and what do you get out of it?

My reason for wanting to volunteer and what I get out of volunteering is quite simple and really the same.  I just like to feel that I’m helping in some small way.  St. Julia’s is such a special place with the most wonderful, caring staff and it is a real privilege to be part of the team, albeit in a very minor way.