On Monday 6th of June, we hosted our annual Volunteers Cream Tea. The event marked national Volunteers’ Week (1st-12th June) and honoured the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.
Across the UK each year, more than 125,000 volunteers generously give their free time to support hospice care in different ways, including over 1300 volunteers at St Oswald’s. From shop helpers, to ward assistants, the volunteers help out in all departments and it is because of this that we are now able to see in our 30th anniversary, celebrating 30 years of care together.
James Ellam, St Oswald’s Chief Executive said:
“During Volunteers’ Week, St Oswald’s would like to say a big thank you to every single one of our volunteers. All of their help over the last 30 years has been invaluable and without them the Hospice wouldn’t be the place it is now.
“By sharing their skills, their companionship and most of all their compassion, hospice volunteers bring something very special to the experience of hospice care for patients, children and their families.
“Every day I experience first-hand the generosity of St Oswald’s volunteers and the difference they make to the Hospice. Hospice volunteers offer the best of human kindness in action and we are immensely grateful for their support.”
Michael Gillespie, volunteer driver said:
“When I retired I wanted something to fill my time but wanted it to be worthwhile and satisfying. I’m finding volunteering at St Oswald’s really rewarding and love the atmosphere of the Hospice – it’s very caring and the people are delightful.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at St Oswald’s please visit /get-involved/volunteer-with-us.aspx.