St Wilfrid’s Hospice is one of many charities celebrating National Volunteers’ Week this week, albeit in a different way this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alison Moorey, chief executive for St Wilfrid’s Hospice said: “I am delighted to formally thank all our wonderful volunteers for all the support they continue to give to the vital work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
“The flood of messages they have all sent reminds us how deeply cherished the relationship to the Hospice is to so many.
This National Volunteer Week we give thanks that we have so many volunteers dedicated to supporting our patient and family services, community fundraising, educational programmes, and when the time comes to re-open, the customers and donors who gain so much from a visit to one of our shops.”
Since St Wilfrid’s Hospice opened in 1987 they have cared for nearly 19,000 local people and their loved ones, and volunteers have been integral to their care since the very beginning.
Last year the weekly contribution from volunteers increased to an incredible 1,572 hours.
In recent weeks, time at home has given many volunteers the opportunity to utilise their sewing skills to help nursing staff with scrub bags, make wonderful homemade crafts for retail, as well as many counting puzzle pieces ready for when their 12 shops re-open.
Their team of trained volunteer visitors continue to support the family services team by offering support to patients and bereaved relatives by phone.
At the hospice, following relevant safety guidance, meet and greet volunteers crew health screening stations at reception, gardeners are keeping the grounds looking beautiful, drivers support the ward with hospital collections and volunteers on the ward continue to comfort patients and care staff alike in these unprecedented times.
To find out about volunteering opportunities at the hospice visit: stwh.co.uk/volunteering