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Hospice recognises vital support of volunteers

27th May 2015

Volunteers who offer their skills and experience to help St Richard’s Hospice care for patients with life-threatening illnesses and support their families are being recognised in a series of events.

The week of events marks national Volunteers Week, 1-7 June, which aims to celebrate the contribution that volunteers make to their communities. Over 1,000 volunteers currently support St Richard’s Hospice, offering their far reaching and diverse talents, skill and commitment for the benefit of the hospice’s patients and families.

On Sunday, 7th June St Richard’s Hospice will be hosting a special cream tea event for its volunteers in appreciation of their hard work over the last year. The event will be held in the beautiful serene gardens at the hospice’s Wildwood Drive headquarters. The event will include entertainment from the talented St Richard’s Singers and British Champion Irish dancers.

St Richard’s will also show its appreciation for hospice volunteers who have retired from their roles over the last 12 months with a special celebration lunch in the hospice’s garden marquee. On Monday 8th June the special guests will be treated to a sumptuous three course lunch prepared by the hospice’s skilled chefs, in thanks for their dedication and commitment.

The hospice will be supporting the Malvern Hills Volunteering Forum’s ‘Picnic in the Park’ on Saturday 6th June, celebrating the contribution of volunteers in the Malvern area. Volunteers attending to this special event, which will be held in Priory Park, Malvern, will be treated to a fun afternoon of activities, music and strawberries and cream in gratitude for their contribution to the charity.

St Richard’s volunteers help to support every aspect of hospice life, from fundraising and working in the charity’s shops, to supporting patients within their own homes and hospice administration, bringing their life skills and experience, their commitment and dedication to support the compassionate care the hospice provides for patients and their families.

A wide range of volunteering opportunities is currently available at St Richard’s Hospice, with vacancies based at the hospice headquarters and in the hospice’s many shops. Other vacancies exist for volunteers who would like to support patients in their own community. Anyone interested in helping out is invited to come along to one of the Volunteers Fairs being organised across the county.

Anna Wharrier, Volunteer Coordinator at St Richard’s Hospice said; “We couldn’t run the hospice as we do without the vital help and support we receive from our volunteers. We are eternally grateful to each one for their dedication and generosity. There are always opportunities for people to join our team of volunteers, whatever skills and interests they may bring, and we would be delighted to hear from anyone who may be interested.”

Representatives from St Richard’s Hospice will be attending the Volunteers Fair at Pershore, in Pershore Town Hall on Wednesday 3rd June from 10.30am – 1pm, and at Tenbury Wells in The Regal on Friday 5th June from 10am – 2pm. The fairs aim to offer an opportunity for people to find out more about volunteering and to showcase some volunteering opportunities currently being offered by local organisations such as St Richard’s Hospice.

Alternatively anyone interested in volunteering is invited to contact the hospice’s Volunteer Coordinator on 01905 763963 or to visit our Volunteering section.

Read some of our volunteers stories on our Inspirational Blog this week.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.