Team of hospice volunteers are thanked for hard work

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The team of volunteers at St Wilfrid’s Hospice have been thanked for their hard work and the Eastbourne charity is appealing for more locals to give up their time to help others .

The local hospice has celebrated National Volunteer Week and recognised the work of more than 500 volunteers who dedicate their time, talents and enthusiasm to support patients, carers, families and staff.

From patient companions and complimentary therapists to shop helpers and money counters the wealth of talented individuals who generously support St Wilfrid’s is phenomenal.

Without their compassion and dedication the hospice would not be able to continue to care for 1,000 people a year locally needing support as they near the end of their life.

Laura Gillham started volunteering at St Wilfrid’s in September last year after completing the ITEC diploma in massage.

Laura described her role as very rewarding.

She said, “Volunteering at St Wilfrid’s I have met the most amazing people.

“My role is very rewarding as I know how much the patients benefit from massage during this very challenging time.”

Laura said she has found that St Wilfrid’s is a ‘very special place’ with ‘fantastic staff and inspirational patients’.

She is now encouraging others to volunteer and help to make a difference to people nearing the end of their life.

She said, “I would encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to contact the hospice as I am sure they would benefit from the experience as much as the patients do.”

For the last 29 years residents from across the Wealden District have been supported St Wilfrid’s, which provides skilled, compassionate and free care for any patient referred to the hospice by a doctor or nurse.

At present there are approximately 3,000 people a year locally who need support as they near the end of their lives and the current hospice facilities enable St Wilfrid’s to care for just 1,000 of these. The move to the new state-of-the-art hospice on Broadwater Way later this year will enable the charity to respond to the growing demand for its services.

Alex Burrough, voluntary services co-ordinator at St Wilfrid’s, said,“We are very lucky to have a fantastic team of volunteers at Mill Gap Road but our expansion and the additional facilities on offer at the new hospice mean that we need the support of the local community more than ever.”

To find out more about volunteering and to request an information pack call 01323 644500. More information about volunteering and the various roles available can also be found on the hospice website at www.stwhospice.org.