Steven: “I’m privileged to work with incredibly awe-inspiring volunteers”

Steven Joseph from Ashford started volunteering at Pilgrims Hospices’ Hythe shop in 2021. The time he gives makes such a positive difference to people across east Kent who are in need of Pilgrims’ vital, compassionate care.

Steven shares what he enjoys about his role and encourages others to embrace volunteering.


Steven started volunteering because he wanted to give back to his local community and help others.

He said: “I’m privileged to work with incredibly awe-inspiring volunteers who are highly accomplished and show remarkable compassion, much witty humour and a rare elegance in their can-do work ethic, all while raising funds for Pilgrims.

“Volunteering in the Hythe shop helps to generate valuable income for the charity; my role includes serving customers, merchandising and sorting stock for sale.”

Volunteering for Pilgrims is very rewarding, whatever role you choose. The diversity of the volunteer team, with their many different experiences, benefits everyone involved – patients, families, staff and volunteers alike.

Steven

Joanne Mardle, Hythe Shop Manager, said: “Steven has been a great asset to our team; he is always willing to help in any way he can.”

Steven added: “Volunteering for Pilgrims is very rewarding, whatever role you choose. The diversity of the volunteer team, with their many different experiences, benefits everyone involved – patients, families, staff and volunteers alike.”


Inspired to become a Pilgrims’ volunteer?

Visit pilgrimshospices.org/volunteer and look out for more stories and information throughout Volunteers’ Week!


Volunteers’ Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK. The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year. It’s a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.


Each year, Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.