Our stories – Amanda
Amanda Fisher is a senior play and care worker who has been working at Richard House since 2010.
With a background in childcare, Amanda came to the hospice having worked in the field for 15 years.
“I felt that I had achieved and gone as far as I could in my previous workplace and was ready for a new challenge. I heard about the opportunity to work at Richard House and thought that I would give it a go.” she says.
Amanda’s role involves general care of the children, planning activities and most of all providing a safe and happy environment that the children love to be a part of.
For Amanda, there is no such thing as an average day at Richard House: “Every day is different with the focus on fun fun fun – there is no such thing as a normal day! Being able to do lots of different activities with the children and feel like I’m making a difference is one of the best things about my job.”
“The memory that I will always treasure was puppet making with a beautiful 12 year-old girl in her last few weeks of life. Doing something as simple as puppet making brought normality to her and took the focus of her illness even if just for a short time. Some people think that working in a children’s hospice would be depressing but how can creating special memories with children and watching them smile be depressing?”