Hospice volunteer is Torchbearer

Goolmohr Cantel
Torchbearer, Goolmohr Cantel, volunteers at St Clare Hospice in Harlow Photo: St Clare Hospice

A hospice volunteer from Bishop's Stortford, chosen to run with the Paralympic Torch, says it was an amazing experience.

Goolmohr Cantel works on the In-Patient Unit at St Clare Hospice in Harlow and carried the torch with a five-strong team, from Lea Valley Ice Centre in Leyton.

The hospice is a charity providing specialist care for people living with life-limiting illnesses, offering physical, social and psychological support. The centre costs £2.8m a year to run, and almost 70% of funding comes from voluntary income.

Goolmohr, who also volunteers for Age UK , started volunteering at the hospice in June: “My husband suffered a stroke in March 2009 and after treatment for about three months, he insisted on staying at home.

“I cared for him and learnt and administered all sorts of caring tasks. He had complications, became weaker and sadly died in early 2011.”

Goolmohr added: “St Clare welcomes families; and patient and family members finally have time to bond, become close, supportive and appreciate each other.”