St Barnabas House, the adults’ hospice for Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield, is marking this year’s Volunteers’ Week by celebrating the contribution made by its dedicated volunteers during 2017/18.
Volunteer’s Week is a national campaign which takes place annually from 1-7 June, recognising the contribution made to society by millions of volunteers in the UK.
During 2017/18 a total of 660 volunteers supported St Barnabas House both at the hospice and in its charity shops. Those volunteers contributed 73,892 hours, saving the hospice £889,333.
Those volunteering at fundraising events for both St Barnabas House and its sister hospice, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, generously gave 5,135 hours during 2017/18, saving the organisation a further £38,512.50.
Lucy Wright has volunteered at St Barnabas House for nine months, working evening shifts on reception.
She decided to volunteer because her sister was cared for by the hospice when she was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago.
Lucy said: “When I moved down here from London I really wanted to do to something worthwhile with the spare time I had available and I wanted to give something back to St Barnabas because they were just brilliant with us as a whole family.
“For the first month or so, until I felt confident, I always had someone with me until I was ready to volunteer on my own. I was not put in at the deep end and worked with some incredible volunteers to show me the ropes.
“My role involves meeting, greeting and welcoming visitors, making sure they know where they are going, admin and answering the phones. The nursing team are very helpful and it’s lovely to be a part of it and be one of the team.”
Lucy works for HSBC who encourage their staff for volunteer by gifting £10 per hour up to a maximum of £1,000 per year to their chosen charity.
Eddie Betley has been volunteering with the Events Team at St Barnabas House for eight years and is a dedicated member of the team.
Eddie said: “My late wife worked for St Barnabas for 20 years so I felt that I needed to be around her area. My role involves working with the Events Team, coming out to functions, stuffing envelopes, going out and putting banners up.”
Steve Richards, HR and Voluntary Services Director, said: “There is no greater gift someone can give to another person than time – we can buy chocolates, we can buy flowers or gift tokens.
“Every day we have is precious and that so many volunteers choose to make the gift of using their time helping others through our volunteering opportunities is something that we cherish at St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House.
“I hope that every volunteer knows how much we value their commitment to the work we do together, helping other people every day.”
If you have been inspired and would like to find out more about volunteering for St Barnabas House, please visit www.stbh.org.uk/volunteering.
Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care which champions and supports the work of hospices across the UK.
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said: “During Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), Hospice UK would like to express our huge thanks to all volunteers who generously give their time to support our 220 member hospices.
“More than 125,000 volunteers across the UK support hospice care in many different ways; such as providing bereavement support, befriending services, or as trustees.
“By sharing their time, skills, companionship and compassion, hospice volunteers offer something very special that greatly enhances hospice care. The support they provide in helping hospices to deliver quality care is vital.
“Hospice volunteers demonstrate the best of human kindness in action. Hospice UK and our member hospices are immensely grateful for all that they do for terminally ill people and their families.”
Find out more: www.stbarnabas-hospice.org.uk