She’s a model volunteer! Since she began giving her time to the hospice 18 months ago, Jo Short has become a valued member of the hospitality team at Rotherham Hospice.
She spends five hours a week taking breakfast, lunch and dinner orders, spending time with patients and organising a welcome cup of tea for visitors. But now Jo has found other fortes that help the hospice — as a fundraiser, event organiser — and model.
She staged a fashion show which raised £4,000 for the hospice — and even helped the cause by stepping onto the catwalk. Jo was one of 11 women modelling stylish outfits from the Carol Ann boutique at Wickersley at the Consort Suite in Thurcroft. Her event attracted over 250 women and was so popular, she is now organising another next year.
Jo became a hospice volunteer after deciding to take early retirement from her demanding job as a pharmaceutical rep at the age of 46.
“I felt like a lost soul,” she said. “I wanted to do something with a purpose and joined the hospice’s team of volunteers. I love my time there, meeting patients and their families and being part of the hospice team. But It was also a good feeling to raise money for the place I work at. I know exactly how well it will be used and how much it is needed.”
Jo got her first taste of event organising when she joined hospice trustees co-ordinating fundraising for the Master Cutler’s Challenge in 2016. She assisted Carol Claxton, the owner of Carol Ann boutique, when she staged a fashion show which brought in £5,500.
“I decided to organise one especially for the hospice and persuaded friends to model,” she said. “By far the hardest part was stepping onto the catwalk myself!”