“This week (1-7 June) is Volunteers Week, an opportunity for individuals and organisations across the UK to pay tribute to – and thank – the amazing people that selflessly give their time to help others.
“As Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice, I’ve seen first-hand the incredible difference volunteers from across Greater Manchester and beyond make to the lives of our patients and their loved ones.
“At St Ann’s, we are grateful to have an army of more than 700 fabulous volunteers who support our staff in so many ways, such as helping on our wards, providing therapies to patients, assisting teams across the organisation, or supporting our fundraising activities and shops. We really value their knowledge, skills and expertise, and appreciate the huge contribution they make to our charity.
“During the pandemic, many had to stand down from their regular volunteering roles for a while, but lots of them continued to help out in our shops when they were open, and also supported our fundraising and other activities remotely. When restrictions allow, we’re really looking forward to welcoming them back.”
“We’re so grateful for everything our volunteers do for St Ann’s, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of them.
“I’d also like to thank all of the other people across our amazing city who selflessly donate their time to help others. Organisations like ours really do appreciate it, and I’m proud to live in a city where community spirit is so strong.”