Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2018

By News Team on June 7, 2018

This week is Volunteers’ Week 2018! We like to tell our volunteers how much we appreciate them all year round, but this week, as it’s Volunteers’ Week, we wanted to say a special thank you to each and every person who gives their time so generously.

We simply couldn’t run the hospice without our volunteers. Whether you spend a couple of hours a week or a couple of days volunteering, every single bit of support makes a difference to our patients and their families.

We made a short film to thank all our fantastic volunteers, you can watch it here.

We have had an array of activities taking place this week including thank you events in day care and there have been lots of treats for volunteers to enjoy. All volunteers were able to get a complimentary hot drink and cake from the hospice coffee shops and there have been sweet boxes with comments that patients and families have said about volunteers.

We also had a ‘Twitter Takeover’ from some of our shop volunteers, who provided the Twitter community with an inside look at their volunteering roles for a full day featuring all the varied tasks that they do. You can see the Tweets below or go to our Twitter page:

Today we have some fabulous volunteers from our charity shop in who are going to be taking over our Twitter feed for the day sharing what they do on a regular day! If you have any questions feel free to Tweet them!

Sheila – First thing I do when I get in is put the kettle on & make sure everyone has a brew!

Jackie & Sheila – At the start of the day we get the shop looking nice & tidy, ensuring that all the clothes are on hangers properly & sorted correctly. Even though it’s a charity shop, it’s important that it is welcoming for customers.

Sue – I am usually on the tills as I’ve been trained up so I can serve customers & process payments. I enjoy it as I get to chat to customers!

Alan – My favourite job is to steam the clothes we get donated so they look presentable in the shop. It’s so much easier than ironing!

Sue – I often check our stock to see if any items would be more profitable to be sold on our eBay shop. I found this Delph cow jug which was selling for nearly £100 on eBay! You can visit our online shops here:

Sheila – I help sort out any textile items that we’re not able to sell & we have a ‘rag man’ who comes once a week that buys them off us & we can even collect GiftAid on these items too!

Jackie – I love chatting to customers & I enjoy helping them find things to compliment their outfit, such as accessories, like this fascinator I picked out for someone going to a wedding!

Sue – People don’t realise that we also sell new goods, we’ve got lots of summer items in, including these great roller suitcases & some fab decorations! Come down & check them out! Find your nearest shop here:

Sue, Jackie & Sheila – We’re going to be models in a Fashion Show on June 15 at so we’ve been choosing the outfits we’re going to wear on the catwalk! Get your tickets they’re only £6 with a drink!

Sue – If a customer decides they no longer want an item we do accept returns within 28 days & if they have a receipt. I can process these on the till & provide them with a refund

That’s all from our shop volunteers today, we hope you enjoyed seeing what they get up to! If it inspired you to want to volunteer with us we’re currently looking for more shop volunteers, to find out more go to:

Feeling inspired?

Whether you have a couple of hours a week to spare or a couple of days, every single bit of support makes a difference to our patients and their families.

Register your interest to volunteer for St Ann's here!