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Hospice to celebrate ‘incredible’ volunteers

31st May 2019

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

Follow the hospice’s Volunteers’ Week activities on Facebook @strichards, Twitter @StRichardsHosp and Instagram @strichardshospice using the hashtag #VolunteersWeek

Watch staff from across St Richard’s Hospice departments explain why they’re grateful for the support of volunteers.

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.