AS PART of National Volunteers’ Week, the Primrose Hospice has been saying a big thank you to those who give up their time for the benefit of the charity.
More than 400 volunteers work for the Primrose in a variety of roles and, without them, the organisation would not be able to help those with life-limiting illnesses and their families as effectively as it does.
National Volunteers’ Week began on Monday (June 1) and runs until Sunday (June 7) to highlight and raise awareness of volunteering and the difference those selfless residents make.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “Without the tireless help of our volunteers, we would not be able to provide many of our free services.
“Primrose Hospice currently receives just 20 per cent of its funding from the NHS, and we have to raise over £1.6million annually – without our volunteers, this figure would be much higher.”
Among the roles at the Primrose are day hospice helpers, receptionists, complimentary therapists, cooks, gardeners, patient drivers, family support workers, administrative support and many more.
One volunteer said: “I have been volunteering as a driver now for four years and I can honestly say it’s the best thing that I have ever done in my whole working life.
“I look forward to it every week as I know that my small act of kindness is enabling the patients to receive the fantastic support from the hospice.”
Justin Davis Smith, executive director of volunteering and development at NCVO, the co-ordinators of Volunteers’ Week in England, said volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise those who gave their time, energy and enthusiasm to helping others.
“Volunteering is a way to give something back. “It is also an opportunity for volunteers to benefit from new experiences, make friends, gain skills and have fun.”
The Primrose Hospice is always looking for volunteers. For more information, e-mail Jo Merrett, volunteers manager, at email@example.com or call her on 01527 871051.