Happy Retirement to Malcolm!
Posted on: May 29th, 2020
Today is our support services manager Mally’s last day at the hospice, Mally has worked at the hospice for over 28 years! We wanted to ask him about his time at the hospice over the many years he has worked here and some of the best experiences he has had at Dove House.
When did you start at the hospice?
I started at the hospice on the 9th September 1991.
What role did you start as?
After initially completing a 2-week induction as a cook, I took over the role as head cook. Progressing onto catering manager, hotel services manager and now support services manager.
What are some of your favourite moments at the hospice?
Over the 28 years there have been many memorable moments. The visit of lady Diana- in which I had the honor to cook for her, being involved with numerous weddings. Special anniversary meals - one particular one was served under the willow tree in our lovely gardens and I was involved with the development and expansion of the hospice over the years.
The hospice has been very special to me in many ways, not least of which because of the people who work here. Their dedication and the willingness to want to be part of something wonderful; the love that is shown to the patients, whether be inpatients or day patients. The hospice gets under your skin and your feel so honored to be part of the team.
What are you going to miss most?
Gosh I'm going to miss so many people; the staff I work alongside with in catering, the caretakers and the domestic teams. The fantastic nursing team, doctors, medical staff, all the office staff, too many to mention. Not forgetting ‘Dangerous’ Dave, Health and Safety Manager and ‘sidekick’- he does need to find a few new jokes though!
The wonderful volunteers, from patient transport, caretaker driver, catering, and gardeners who all give their time free and do a wonderful job and who will all leave me with lasting memories. Thank you all! I will also miss the closeness you get to the patients; being able to sit and chat to them, and which you can clearly see how much they really appreciate it.
Is there a pinnacle moment that you've had at the hospice?
I cannot single out one particular moment or event as being a ‘pinnacle’ – I suppose this accolade should just be 'life.' I have loved every minute working at the hospice and it has been a privilege to be part of a special, special place.
We will miss Mally very much and the hospice won't be the same without him, we want to take the opportunity to thank him for the endless dedication he has shown to us over many years at the hospice. Simply put the hospice would not be what it is today without his help as well as many others over the years.