Ita is a longstanding volunteer with Mountbatten Hampshire, who says she really misses the camaraderie of her role greeting visitors at the hospice. 

"I have to admit, it was with great reluctance and sadness I accepted it was no longer safe for me to continue as a volunteer both on the tea bar and reception at Mountbatten Hampshire.

"There isn’t a day that goes by without me thinking of all the lovely people I have worked with over the past 15 years and I’m longing for the day when life returns to some kind of normality.

"Hopefully the 'new norma'” will still have a place in it for me at the hospice. 
 
"I’ve been fortunate in that I live in a country park so that, combined with the glorious weather, has been a marvellous opportunity to enjoy a daily walk and appreciate the coming of spring with all the blossom.

"In the park, I’ve seen Roe Deer and foxes, heard beautiful birdsong and have felt so happy to be alive. 
 
"Lockdown, although restrictive in so many ways, has been a period of reflection and an appreciation of the importance of good friends and family."