Blythe House Hospicecare is on the lookout for compassionate local people who would like to volunteer some of their time to help run services.
The hospice team is keen to hear from people who’d be interested in learning more about retail or transport volunteering roles:
- Drivers provide transport to and from Blythe House for our patients to ensure they are able to access free care and services here at the hospice building.
- Retail volunteers have varied roles including sorting, pricing and displaying donated stock, serving customers, and other aspects of the day-to-day running of the hospice’s four shops in the High Peak.
- Online retail volunteers support the hospice’s two dedicated eBay sites, selling higher value or vintage items. Volunteers should have an interest in collectables, and be confident using a computer.
The hospice’s retail sector – including shops in Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, New Mills and Whaley Bridge, and two online eBay sites – brings in almost half of the funding needed to keep care and services free for local patients, carers and their families. The NHS provides just 21% of the hospice’s resources.
Alistair Rogerson, Volunteer and Support Services Manager, said: ‘Our volunteers give hundreds of hours of their time per week to ensure the smooth running of Blythe House, and quite frankly, without them, the hospice would not exist. It was set up 30 years ago with a team of volunteers and it continues today with more than 200 passionate people who give their time for free.’
Pat Eckersley got involved with volunteering at Blythe House’s department store in Whaley Bridge in 2010. She commented: ‘What I’d say to potential new volunteers is to give it a try! It might seem nerve-wracking at first but just give a go, and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do. This role helps me, and I know that I’m helping other people in return – it’s a two way street. There’s also a very good team of volunteers here, we’re like family, and we support each other through the bad times and have a laugh through the good times too.’
Find out more about the whole range of volunteering opportunities at Blythe House Hospicecare by: