Christmas is like any other day for John

John Gynn is a volunteer and comes into the St Nicholas Hospice every day to shave the patients. fred byatt
John Gynn is a volunteer and comes into the St Nicholas Hospice every day to shave the patients. fred byatt
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WHILE most people are tucking into their first mince pie on Christmas morning, John Gynn will be volunteering at St Nicholas Hospice Care like any other day.

John, from Abbott Road, Bury St Edmunds, has visited the hospice’s inpatient Sylvan Ward almost every morning for more than two years to offer patients a shave.

“I enjoy coming to the hospice,” said John, 76. “I’ve worked all my life and I like a regular routine. I get up in the morning at 7am, I make my wife a cup of tea and I come to the hospice at about 9am,

“Coming here on Christmas Day makes no difference to me. I haven’t got any children or grandchildren running around. I like to think of it as my present to the patients.”

John is not a barber by trade, but says he is well qualified for the job because he looked after his father-in-law for 15 years, washing and bathing him, when he had suffered a serious accident.

Jane Carpenter, senior registered nurse, said: “The male patients really enjoy having a man to talk to. John’s dedication and commitment are amazing and we are very grateful to him for all he does. He enriches ward life with his quiet care and willingness to support the patients and care team in any way he can.”