Volunteers’ Week – A time for local Hospice to say thanks!

St David’s Hospice is celebrating the difference volunteers make to their organisation and thanking them for all their time and dedication during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.

Volunteer Co-ordinator at St David’ Hospice, Lou Barber said:

“Volunteers’ Week is a chance for us as an organisation to recognise the fantastic contribution our volunteers make to St David’s Hospice, and more importantly, to say a massive thank you.

Our loyal, amazing volunteers have played a vital role in our response to the pandemic, from packing up hundreds of goat t-shirts, to taking on an ocean of lockdown donations, to keeping our shops running, to handing out cups of tea on cold, dark winter mornings from the windows of Cafe Dewi.

“It’s been an exceptionally difficult couple of years and it’s been wonderful to have our volunteers by our side through it all. We honestly can’t thank them enough. As we emerge from the pandemic, we are proud and grateful to take our volunteering family with us into a new and exciting time for St David’s Hospice and we look forward to plenty of adventures ahead. Thank you!”

Volunteers are an integral part of St David’s and help in every dept in varying roles. This year, through the charities social media pages and website, the volunteers share their story. Through the short film clips, each individual speaks about their experience and what inspires them to give their time free of charge.

Martin Parsons from Llangefni, volunteers in loving memory of his wife Bev. He helps whenever he can, wherever he can, and is often seen helping at fundraising events or as a shop assistant in Menai Bridge.

“The care and compassion they provided Bev and my family with was amazing – PRICELESS! I promised her that I would support the Hospice in any way I could. It’s my way of thanking them and helping in a small way to ensure that this organization keeps operating to provide this specialist care for people that need it in the local community.”

Ben Blundell from Rhos on Sea, volunteers at the Reuse Shop in Mochdre and has learnt how to PAT test electrical items for the Hospice shops:

“I really enjoy keeping myself busy and being able to support the charity using my new skills and knowledge, as well as upcycling and recycling to prevent landfill. I have enjoyed meeting new people, doing my part for the community and the environment.”

Yvonne Stewart has volunteered for St David’s Hospice for over 20 years at the Conwy Shop.

“I love meeting people, I think volunteering is good for you – I get a lot out of it. I help to keep the shop tidy, pricing things and putting the stuff out – basically general shop work which I have done in the past.  I think St David’s Hospice is a wonderful place to support”

  

Simon Roberts wanted to give something back and has become a Café Dewi assistant at the Llandudno Hospice serving the customers that come into the café with food and drink.

“I love volunteering. My partner passed away in the Hospice and the care and attention they gave him in his last weeks was second to none. I just wanted to give something back to the Hospice and this was a good way to do it and also to be able to meet people that have been through the same situation.”

Sue Douthwaite is a volunteer Ebay Assistant at the Holyhead Donation Centre and helps with the research, packing and mailing.

“It’s a really interesting role, many of the items go all over the world. Volunteering keeps me busy, I like to have structure and something to do and to be able to offer something back to the local community is vitally important. It’s a really nice thing to do, both for you and the local people”

Dafydd Hardy gives his time free of charge as a volunteer through sitting on the Board of Trustees and as the Chair of the Hospice’s Income Generation Committee.

“I volunteer my time and my business expertise in order to help the Hospice, to raise more money so that we can spend it on looking after our patients. I get a ‘buzz’ out of volunteering and if I can contribute just a little bit towards the bigger picture then I am happy”.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Lou Barber on enquiries@stdavidshospice.org.uk or call 01492 879058. Alternatively, you can apply online at https://stdavidshospice.org.uk/volunteering/

 

                   

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