Over the past 12 months volunteers have collectively contributed more than 80,000 hours of their time in support of St Luke’s Hospice.

During national Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June) staff at the Hospice are thanking volunteers for their loyal support and highlighting the difference they make.

Matron Wendy Wilson said: “As Matron here at the Hospice, I regularly see the contribution volunteers make to our patients and their families. Whether it’s stopping for a chat, making a cup of tea, providing a relaxing hand massage, driving patients home or simply offering a listening ear, our volunteers help to make St Luke’s the wonderful and caring place it is.

“I also know there are so many more volunteers making a difference to St Luke’s every day by working in our shops, welcoming visitors to Reception, ensuring our gardens look beautiful, sorting through donations, helping with administration and supporting our fundraising events.

“Over the past 12 months, they have collectively contributed more than 80,000 hours of their valuable time, which is just incredible. I am not exaggerating when I say that our Hospice simply could not exist without its volunteers!”

Alison Langley from Crewe volunteers with her two sons at St Luke’s fundraising events including Bubble Rush and the Midnight Walk. She said: “Volunteering for St Luke’s is so much fun, it’s not really work at all. I think it’s so important to do something for the local community and we all have family or friends who have needed St Luke’s at some point.

“I have two sons who are 18 and 15 and they have volunteered alongside me since a very young age. It has helped with their confidence and sense of community and it’s a really great thing for a family to do together. It has also helped them to get their first jobs because they have experience of working in a team. I would encourage any family to do it.”

Steve Harrison started volunteering for St Luke’s when he was made redundant in 2012. He secured another job later that year but still volunteers one Saturday a month for the Hospice at the Furniture Warehouse on Winsford Industrial Estate. He said: “I like the interaction with the general public and I like to think that I’m helping the Hospice. If I sell a table for £30 then that’s £30 that the Hospice can use. I really enjoy it, and have a great sense of wellbeing at the day of the day, especially if we’ve had a good day and made lots of money. I would encourage anyone to volunteer for St Luke’s. Come on down and we’ll make you welcome!”

Seventeen-year-old Adam McCollom is studying for his A’Levels at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College in Northwich. He’s hoping to study Medicine at university and volunteers for a two hours each week at St Luke’s charity shop in Middlewich. He said: “I really enjoy volunteering. It has helped with my communication skills as I work on the till and deal with customers. It’s a really rewarding job. Sometimes I have conversations with older people who come in who are perhaps a bit lonely and don’t really get to talk to people that much, so I really feel like I’m making a small difference.

“Volunteering is really worthwhile and better than sitting at home doing nothing. And if you are thinking of applying to uni then it can really help your application. It shows you are committed and a good person as well.”

For more information about volunteering with St Luke’s please visit https://www.slhospice.co.uk/volunteer or email St Luke’s Volunteer Co-ordinator pamela.ford@slhospice.co.uk