Volunteer appeal for town’s new hospice

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St Wilfrid’s Hospice has started a recruitment drive to encourage more volunteers to donate their time and skills for the new hospice which opens later this year.

The new hospice, currently being built just off Cross Levels Way, will be a bigger and better facility to meet public demand.

As a result, St Wilfrid’s are looking to recruit 100 volunteer hosts to welcome patients and visitors and other volunteering roles.

Alex Burrough, voluntary Services coordinator, 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 and involvement of the local community more than ever.”

Brian Lilley, an Eastbourne resident, recently joined St Wilfrid’s Hospice as a volunteer host.

Brian began shadowing current volunteers at Mill Gap Road and said, “I love the interaction with people through my involvement with the hospice,

“I feel so privileged to be given the opportunity to meet with patients, their families and friends, staff and fellow volunteers. I feel inspired whenever I am amongst them.

“For me volunteering is about making a positive difference and providing support for people at what is arguably the most challenging stage in a person’s life.

“The diversity of the volunteer host role is what appealed to me most and that it provides that all important welcome to the hospice and first impressions of it.”

To find out more visit www.stwhospice.org or attend the Volunteer Recruitment Open Days at the current hospice at Mill Gap Road. The Open Days will be held on April 12 between 11am and 7pm and Saturday April 13 between 10am and 1pm.

Prospective volunteers who can’t attend the open days should call 01323 644500 or email vsm@stwhospice.org.