St Oswald's Hospice, based in Gosforth, recently welcomed a very special volunteer for the day – Mark Tanner, The Bishop of Berwick. The Bishop spent the day volunteering at the Hospice and their Gosforth charity shops as part of Lent.
The Bishop said:
“For Lent this year I am volunteering for a different charity each week. Last week I spent time at St Oswald’s and it was astonishingly brilliant! I thought I would spend the day helping in the Hospice, but I have done so many different things it is a bit bewildering!”
As part of his volunteering experience The Bishop helped out in St Oswald’s Gosforth based bookshop, attended a volunteer infection control training session, laid tables for the Day Hospice patients, lead the afternoon Holy Communion Service in the Hospice Chapel, helped with fundraising admin and served tea, coffee and cake to inpatients.
The Bishop continued:
“No sooner had I got my head around operating the shop till, it was time to move on to the main hospice site where I was welcomed into an atmosphere that just felt like being at home. After spending time in both Day Hospice and the Inpatient Ward it’s very obvious that people are not just cared for at St Oswald’s, they are loved.
Christine Ward, Volunteer Services Manager said:
“I’d like to thank The Bishop on behalf of St Oswald’s for the help he gave us last week. It was lovely having Bishop Mark volunteering with us for the day, he really contributed and fitted into the team well. The Holy Communion was very moving for the patients and staff who attended.”
Bishop Mark ended:
“It has been such a privilege to volunteer in Lent, especially in St Oswald’s. The Hospice is one of the most welcoming and appreciative places I have ever been. They have over 1300 volunteers doing 152 different roles, and are always welcoming new volunteers who love what they are able to give and who change the lives of seriously ill people and their families every day of the year. Thank God for those who care, and for the Hospice, in which people can be loved. It was great to be a small part of it for a day.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at St Oswald’s please click here to visit our volunteering webpage.