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‘Every contact counts’

 Senior healthcare assistant Sharon Finn says she has found her true vocation caring for people at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, east London

When senior healthcare assistant (HCA) Sharon Finn met a vulnerable man while on patrol as a neighbourhood warden, she knew she had found her vocation.

Realising that the man was down on his luck and in need of support, she pointed him in the direction of services that could help. When she later visited him at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, east London, she says she could tell straight away that it was ‘a place of nurturing’.

‘I had visited him at other places but at St Joseph’s he looked really cared for,’ says Ms Finn. ‘He was clean-shaven, his eyes sparkled and he smelt of soap. This had such a powerful emotional effect on me – it was everything that care should be about. I knew then that St Joseph’s was where I wanted to be.

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