This week, we’re thanking our incredible team of over 190 volunteers, who donate hundreds of hours of their time to support hospice care every week.
Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust is commemorating national Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), a celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.
The hospice provides care and support to families affected by life-limiting illness and bereavement across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire.
Volunteers play a huge role in providing vital services at the hospice’s Community Hub in Chapel-en-le-Frith; in patient’s homes; at fundraising events; and in the charity’s shops in Bakewell, Buxton, Chapel, New Mills and Whaley Bridge.
June Igo has volunteered at the hospice’s New Mills shop since 2008, after retiring from her career in teaching. She said: ‘I think what is so special about volunteering during your retirement is that you get to try new skills and dabble in different job roles without the pressure you have in a paid job.’
Scott Beswick supports the hospice’s fundraising team by distributing collection pots to businesses in his hometown, Buxton. He said: ‘I have been a fundraiser for the hospice for several years, and approached the fundraising team to pursue other opportunities. I wanted to continue supporting Blythe House and this role was perfect for me as it fits around my work and home life. I enjoy visiting local businesses and seeing them and their customers support Blythe House.’
Sarah Rowland, from a small village near Bakewell, has been a solicitor for 25 years and became a trustee of Helen’s Trust in 2014. She said: ‘It is really rewarding to be part of a small, local charity because you can see the difference that the team makes to people in our community who need support at a difficult time.’
Julie Forrest, volunteer manager at Blythe House and Helen’s Trust, said: ‘We are grateful to our amazing volunteers every single day of the year, but it is so nice to have a week of celebrations dedicated to thanking them for their invaluable contribution to local hospice services. We are indebted to every individual volunteer, because the hospice quite simply would not exist without them, and we thank them sincerely for all of their support.’
If you could spare just three hours of your time per week to support local hospice care by volunteering, you can get in touch by: