Our volunteers have one thing in common – we couldn’t do without them!
They are totally committed to everything the hospice stands for, their dedication to hands-on help is second to none, and we love them all!
They give up countless hours of their time, whether that is in our shops, gardens, offices or working on our wards and day hospices, supporting our care for people living with incurable illness.
Volunteers’ Week is the ideal time to share why they mean so much to us and how important they are to the families we care for.
We have more than 1,400 volunteers – 820 in our 28 shops alone. They spend thousands of hours fundraising, organising events, talking to patients and their families and helping out in our offices.
Roles on the ward range from greeting visitors, offering companionship to patients, making hot drinks when requested and helping at mealtimes.
Then there’s a transport volunteer who’d help patients with limited access to their own transport attend one of our day hospices or clinics.
If they want to get creative, they can work in our award-winning gardens or attend our creative therapy sessions and work with the patients on their own particular masterpieces.
There really is something for anyone – regardless of age or experience.
Becky Farmer, team leader in Day Services said: “Our volunteers are so important – we appreciate all they do for us.
“We are really missing them at the moment. When COVID-19 began, we took the very difficult decision to stand our volunteers down. We had to ask them to stay away and in the safety of their own homes for their health.
“Our volunteers mean so much to us and we just couldn’t risk them getting ill. But we can’t wait to see them again when normality resumes.
“The volunteers bring so much to the hospice. They are all incredibly generous with their time and expertise and we really couldn’t ask for more.
“I am so proud of them; they really do go out of their way to help us. They have formed a brilliant community and they are part of our hospice family.”
Below are a selection of inspiring stories about our volunteers.
You can find out all the different roles they can carry out while volunteering here at Severn Hospice and if you are interested in becoming a volunteer go to www.severnhospice.org.uk/join-us/volunteer/