Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is asking people to seize a new opportunity this leap year by volunteering.
The hospice is inviting people to make the extra day on Saturday 29th February count by finding out about its volunteering opportunities at a drop in event.
People can pop into the hospice for a cup of tea or coffee and an informal chat with current hospice volunteers and staff.
Attendees will also be able to bag a bargain at a special sale held by the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall shop, where items such as clothes and accessories will be £3 or less.
Providing expert care
Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is the only specialist palliative care inpatient unit in Peterborough. It provides expert care for people with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families, in Peterborough and across the surrounding region.
The hospice’s nurses, doctors, care and support staff are helped out by a team of around 300 dedicated volunteers – and are on the look-out for new recruits to join them in 2020.
"Make your extra day this leap year count"
“We are asking people to take the leap and volunteer for us,” said Tina Parkinson, Volunteer Engagement Lead at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.
“Why not make your extra day this leap year count by finding out about volunteering at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice?
"We are searching for volunteers who can give us their time and help us be there when it matters for our patients and their loved ones in 2020.
“We have a variety of opportunities to suit people of all ages and stages of life – from young people starting out to those who are not ready to retire just yet."
"A role for everyone"
"From providing a warm welcome to our visitors on reception and spending time with patients on our specialist inpatient unit to tending our beautiful gardens, serving customers in our friendly coffee shop and helping with day to day admin that keeps us running smoothly – we have a role for everyone," added Tina.
"We are also looking for volunteers to help out in our on-site Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall shop.
“We will match your talents and interests to our needs to find a role you’ll enjoy. Being a Sue Ryder volunteer is a great way to give something back to your local community, meet new people, gain new skills and grow in confidence.
"Drop in to our volunteering event at any time from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 29th February for an informal chat and to find out more.”
"I have gained so much more than I have given"
Retired teacher and lawyer Anne Edis has volunteered at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice for 20 years.
She first started volunteering at the hospice in 1999 and since then has volunteered on the wards, helped to fundraise, volunteered in the hospice’s monthly Synergy Café for people living with dementia and their carers, provided bereavement support to families and given talks on Thorpe Hall's history.
“I have gained so much more than I have given,” said Anne.
“I am very humbled by some of the people I have met here at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. I come from a family with a long tradition of volunteering and I have worked as both a teacher and a lawyer; making a difference is very important to me.
"We may not all have money to give, but we all have talents and time. Volunteering teaches you to cope with many real life situations.”
Drop in on Saturday 29th February
The hospice’s volunteering drop in event will take place on Saturday 29th February from 10am to 1pm at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 6LW. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
To find out more, please contact Tina Parkinson at the hospice on 01733 225927 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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