Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to people across the UK who give their time, in many different ways and in a variety of roles, through volunteering.
Helen Bennett, Chief Executive Officer at Pilgrims Hospices, explains why volunteers are vital to the work of the local hospice charity.
Pilgrims Hospices are delighted to have welcomed back many of our much-valued volunteers following the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past two years, our volunteers have returned to work with us in our wards, offices, shops, gardens, our community projects and fundraising initiatives.
Our volunteers are the backbone of the hospice and without their expertise, time and dedication gifted to us so generously, we would have been unable to provide the standard of care that we are proud to offer to the thousands of individuals we support each year.
For Volunteers’ Week, we reflect on the experiences of our volunteers during the last two years, and sincerely thank each of them for their flexibility, humility and kindness to ensure we continued to provide our services to those who most needed them.
Looking back on the last year, Pilgrims Hospices has been pleased with the introduction of some new volunteering opportunities and their success. Alongside our Ward Volunteers, providing direct care and assistance to our patients, we now work with Expert Volunteers bringing key skills such as counselling and bereavement services into our hospices. These roles have strengthened our services and have further improved the quality of care we give to those who need our help.
For Volunteers’ Week, we reflect on the experiences of our volunteers during the last two years, and sincerely thank each of them for their flexibility, humility and kindness to ensure we continued to provide our service to those who most needed them.
Helen Bennett, Chief Executive Officer at Pilgrims Hospices
In addition, as life returns closer to normal, our Retail teams have really brought Pilgrims Hospices back to the high street with a bang! Thanks to the wonderful donations we’ve received from the public, expertly sorted and sold by our Retail and online teams – Pilgrims Hospices has raised £4.5 million in sales to fund the critical work we do.
We are also very much looking forward to welcoming back our psychosocial and wellbeing volunteers, including those in complementary therapy, spiritual care and those who support our Therapy Centre programmes.
This year, our Thank You events for both our volunteers and staff return at each of our hospice sites. We look forward to seeing everyone there as a thank you for their unwavering support, dedication and commitment.
Inspired to become a Pilgrims’ volunteer?
Visit pilgrimshospices.org/volunteer and look out for more stories and information throughout Volunteers’ Week!