For volunteers across the country, the Covid-19 crisis has meant the closing of doors to many of the places where they make such valuable contributions – and St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton is no exception.
In ordinary times, volunteers support hospice staff there in a wide range of roles – as gardeners, patient buddies, administrators or ward clerks – and also working in its charity shops and fundraising out in the community. As a gesture of thanks, St Joseph’s Hospice marked Volunteers’ Week in early June by sending thank you cards to all of its volunteers, as well as long-service badges to those who had reached key milestones. These badges would usually be awarded at an annual volunteers’ evening but this year’s event had to be cancelled. The hospice also shared messages online at www.jospice.org.uk and on its social media channels.
Diane Donaldson, a volunteer at the St Joseph’s Hospice shop in Crosby since 2005, received her 15-year service badge and said: ‘I originally wanted to help by giving my time just one day a week. I’ve made good friends with the other volunteers and it has helped me personally to improve my own lifestyle.’
Mike Parr, chief executive of St Joseph’s Hospice, said: ‘This has been a really tough time for many of our volunteers. The main reason that many of them volunteer is because the hospice is a very special place to them and brings them great comfort and a real sense of purpose as well as a close network of friends. We still need more volunteers so, even though they can’t start right away, we’re still recruiting and would love to hear from anyone who’s interested in finding out about volunteering for the hospice in the future.’
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