Being There When No One Else Is

Richard Tay, a retiree of 18 years, has dedicated his time and energy to St Luke’s Hospital.

He accompanies patients who are unable to go on their own to medical appointments at acute hospitals for specialist treatment. He also cuts the hair of patients.

When he meets demanding patients, he reminds himself they are unwell. Some may be all alone, which is why care for the whole person, respect and free haircuts mean a lot to them.

“When you give, you get a sense that you’ve done something that’s meaningful. Not everything comes in dollars and cents,” Mr Tay said. He is also encouraged by the dedication of St Luke’s Hospital nurses, whom he sees chatting with patients to cheer them up, giving both physical and emotional care.

Richard Tay (in blue) volunteers at St Luke’s Hospital as he finds it meaningful.