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Shop volunteers’ gifts of time

12th December 2016

 Volunteers are giving St Richard’s Hospice a festive boost thanks to answering the call for more people to donate gifts of time in the charity’s shops.

 St Richard’s Hospice was encouraging more people to step forward and sign up to their campaign aimed at recruiting 101 volunteers in 101 days to help run the charity’s 17 stores across Worcestershire.

The 101 days has now come to an end and to the delight of the charity, during that time they received 87 new applications and 37 enquiries from new volunteers interesting in working to support St Richard’s Hospice care.

Of these, 45 of the new volunteers working in the shops and warehouse have already donated 925 hours of support to help keep the St Richard’s retail operations running smoothly.

The high street stores are the charity’s face within the community and last year their shops achieved a turnover of £2.4m through the sale of good quality clothes, bric-a-brac, books and furniture donated by local people.

Danny Corns, Commercial Director, said; “We’re delighted that our campaign has attracted so many new volunteers and we are talking to lots more people who have shown an interest. Not only will their volunteering help to make a difference to our patients and families, but they will be at the heart of the community; make new friends, gain new skills and have fun!”

He added, “We realise that many people have a very busy lifestyle but would still like to get involved in volunteering so we are flexible to fit in with their needs.  Just a few hours a week in one of our shops, in the short or long term,  will make a big difference.  Although this particular campaign has finished, we are always keen to recruit new volunteers and would love to hear from anyone who might be interested.  Making a New Year’s resolution to volunteer would be a great way to start 2017.”

Anyone able to volunteer is asked to call into their local shop to chat with the manager about the volunteer opportunities available or call Staff and Volunteer recruitment co-ordinator Kirstie Smith on 01905 763963 email ksmith@strichards.org.uk

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

 

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.