The hospice relies on volunteers to operate. Today we speak to Pat, one of our friendly receptionists...

Without its army of more than 500 volunteers, St Andrew’s Hospice would not exist.

That is the reality for North East Lincolnshire’s only hospice, where volunteers work in all areas of the charity and help make each day count for the poorly adults and children who use it.

Now the hospice is appealing to anyone with a few hours a week to spare to get involved too. From socialising with patients and preparing food to serving customers in its shops or helping out at fundraising events, there is bound to be a role to suit you.

Widow Pat Birkinshaw has been a volunteer receptionist for seven years and said: “I began volunteering because I wanted to get out more at the weekends and thought it would be nice to meet more people… I was right!

“I am so glad I chose the hospice. It’s a really worthwhile cause, and on reception I am privileged to meet the people who the hospice helps. It’s very rewarding because I get to give something – in this case, my time – back to the community, and gives me something to look forward to. Knowing you are contributing to helping people is very enjoyable, and the work itself is interesting. I greet visitors, answer calls, take deliveries and much more.

“I would say to anyone thinking about volunteering to give it a try. There’s bound to be something that suits you, and it really is an honour to be involved.”

Click here to find out more about volunteering

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