Couple smiling sitting on a sofa

Margaret Wagstaff shares her recollections of Treetops Hospice, from early fundraising to volunteering roles.

"In the 1970’s I was a farmer’s wife. My son’s friend wanted to give his girlfriend an unusual 21st birthday party. He decided a BBQ and Barn Dance would be ideal. So it was held at our farm and was a huge success.
A number of people said it should become an annual  event and to give the profit to a charity. At that time, my sister in law was the Mayor Elect for Erewash and suggested the hospice that was being opened in Risley.
The BBQ’s and Barn Dances went on for a number of years and were always “sell outs".
When my husband needed palliative care, Treetops were there. What a difference they made to his life and mine!
After his passing, I volunteered and worked at the charity shop in Allestree. I then moved to reception in the main building and then in Finance, as well as helping out at Car Boot sales (5.30am starts) and bucket collections.
It was at a Car Boot Sale that I was asked to take a bacon butty to one of the Gate Men. We became great friends. He still comes for his dinner most evenings as well as being my chauffeur, handyman and partner. I have Treetops to thank for Allan.
My life has been far richer because of Treetops and it has been a privilege to be part of such a worthwhile organisation.