Hospice says thank you to volunteers who make a big difference

Becca Gregory pictured with volunteers Sue Boulton and Vickie Wilson at the hospice's fundraising golf day in Buxton in 2020.

A High Peak hospice is thanking local people who give their time for free to support local hospice care, as part of a nationwide celebration of volunteers.

The annual Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is a chance for charities such as Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust to say thank you for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

The hospice’s team of 250 volunteers collectively donate around 590 hours of their time every week, in three key areas: patient services, retail and fundraising.

Blythe House and Helen’s Trust provide palliative and end of life care to patients across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire.

Wendy Brown, HR advisor, said: "My main contact with volunteers during the past year has been due to the rigid Covid regime that we have in place here at Blythe House. From those patient-facing volunteers who test three times per week, to those keying the testing data whilst managing reception, everyone has been amazing.

"Such enthusiasm, such dedication and passion for their volunteer role. I thank you sincerely for the way in which you fly the Blythe House flag, helping so many who need our support and services within the local community and beyond." 


Volunteer Foday Kamara chats to patients at Blythe House before the coronavirus pandemic 

Anne Hatton, manager at the hospice’s Whaley Bridge shop, commented: "Thank you to all our shop volunteers for your precious time, knowledge and expertise that make the shops such a success. You all help make such a difference to people’s lives." 

Becca Gregory, fundraising and events coordinator, added: "A huge thank you to all of our volunteers; without you the services provided by Blythe House and Helen’s Trust would not be possible. Our fundraising events are a vital source of income to the charity, but they rely heavily on volunteers dedicating their time at every stage to ensure they can go ahead safely and with the highest level of enjoyment for participants. Thank you to everyone that volunteers their time to keep all aspects of the hospice running smoothly." 

As part of the week-long celebrations, the charity is inviting prospective volunteers to get in touch and find out more about donating their time to support local hospice care.

Vicci Wild, Community Volunteer programme manager, said: "We would love to hear from people who might like to give some time by volunteering in one of our hospice shops located in Bakewell, Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, New Mills and Whaley Bridge.

"We are also keen to hear from complementary therapists who would like a rewarding volunteer role supporting those in our community affected by life-limiting illness. Offering aromatherapy, reflexology and other complementary therapies to local patients and carers, can positively impact their physical and emotional health." 

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