Celebrations are in order to champion the tireless work of around 900 volunteers at St Richard’s Hospice.
During Volunteers’ Week, from June 1 to 7, the hospice will join hundreds of charities across the country to showcase the importance of voluntary work.
Volunteers support every aspect of hospice life – from patient care to administration; helping at fundraising events, gardening and working in the charity’s shops and warehouse.
June Patel, Chief Executive of St Richard’s, said: “All our work is underpinned by the tireless support of volunteers who give their time, skills and life experience to support St Richard’s Hospice.
“Volunteers do so much for St Richard’s and without them, it would be extremely difficult to continue providing care to patients and loved ones.
“We are so very grateful for all the time and dedication given by our incredible cohort of volunteers. I relish this chance to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to each and every one.”
Throughout Volunteers’ Week, St Richard’s will feature personal stories from a number of those who give up their time to the charity.
One such person is Gavin Morris, a retired headteacher, who volunteers at both the hospice’s shop in Broadway and as a driver.
He was inspired to volunteer for an hospice charity, after a former pupil, Joe, died of a life-limiting illness in 2015.
Every Thursday, Mr Morris drives Brian Hodgkins to the
Men’s Space patient support group – and even stays for the meeting, giving out coffees, cakes and attending outings.
“Now I come and I don’t even think of them as unwell,” said Mr Morris. “It is like a bloke’s youth club.
“Everybody just makes you feel as if what you’re doing matters. I think the team here are lovely people.
“Who knows when you or a member of your family might need it. That is what it’s about really – wanting to do something.”
An array of voluntary opportunities are available both at the hospice, in the community and at its shops and warehouse.
To find out more and get involved visit www.strichards.org.uk/volunteering
Watch staff from across St Richard’s Hospice departments explain why they’re grateful for the support of volunteers.