He is known to football fans for his connection with Queen’s Park FC, where he spent his football playing career, followed by a 15-year stint as manager. Now legend Eddie Hunter splits his retirement between his two loves: the club and The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
He retired four years ago at the age of 70, but Eddie wasn’t ready to hang up his football boots. As well as running Tackling Recovery, a drug and alcohol abuse project, at the South Side club, and scouting for the team, Eddie donates his precious time as a volunteer to help the hospice.
His experience of working with a plumbing and heating first brought him into contact with the hospice, where he got to know staff and find out about the work at Carlton Place.
“I don’t know what it was, I can’t explain it to you, I would come into the hospice and I always felt this was a place I would like to work in,” he explains.
“When I retired, I asked if they would like me to help in any way. I become a volunteer. There is such a tranquillity about the place. I just felt it was earmarked for me.”
He adds: “Officially I’m in on a Tuesday and a Friday, but if I have to come in on a Monday I will if there is a problem, I will. I love all the staff, the nurses are very special.
“I do about five hours each day I’m here. I fix all the minor plumbing and heating problems. I help out in the laundry. I give five hours of total commitment to the hospice. I also do plumbing jobs in the shops. If there’s a problem, I’m there to solve it.
“I feel it’s uplifting. I can’t wait for a Tuesday to come in and see everyone. The hospice is a fabulous place. It’s an important part of my life.”
Eddie, who wife Anne died at the age of 40 from cancer, says he has a passion for Queen’s Park FC, and for the hospice. He does bucket collections for the hospice at the club, which has now nominated the hospice as its charity of the year for the 2016/17 season.
“From the domestics to the admin staff, everyone at the hospice is wonderful. There is never a crossed word. I don’t look at what I do there as work, I look at it as enjoyment. I enjoy coming in,” he says.
Over the years, Eddie won 33 international caps and was a member of the Great Britain Olympic team. His proudest achievement is his link with the hospice.
“I would appeal to anyone thinking about volunteering to give it a go. You meet new people, you’re doing your part to help the hospice and take it to its new home at Bellahouston Park.
It’s such a happy place to be. I get a great feeling when I’m in the hospice.”