The hospice wouldn't operate without volunteers... it's as simple as that.
We have an army of 510 volunteers, and you could help it grow!
They are backbone of what we do here at St Andrew's Hospice and carry out a variety of roles, from making refreshments for patients and serving customers in our shops, to administration and fundraising.
There's no doubt that you will have a skill we can use... why not pop in to have a chat, or give us a ring?
One of the major areas where we rely on voluntary help is in our shops around the region. Income from the shops provides a huge amount of our £4.1-million annual running costs, so it also helps if you can shop in them too!
Click here to find your nearest shop. If virtual reality is more your scene, we also have a thriving Ebay store... but, like every area of the hospice, we are in need of volunteers to help it be the best it can.
From designer handbags and clothes to rare books and toys, many of your donations to St Andrew’s Hospice make their way to its online shop.
The hospice’s Ebay store lists hundreds of items each week to ensure the charity achieves the best possible value for the items it receives.
Headed by Online Trading Manager Mark Cadey-Gell (pictured top and right), a small team of volunteers work in different areas, using their expertise and knowledge to raise as much money as possible for those who use the hospice’s services.
Now an appeal has been launched to grow this small team into a larger one, encouraging people to apply their skills, hobbies or interests in a way they may not have considered before.
Mark said: “The roles are so varied and the donations so interesting, and because there is the added bonus of raising money for a local charity, it really is rewarding.
“Perhaps you’re knowledgeable about rare books or antiques, or you have a passion for designer or vintage clothes? Maybe you’re an expert in toys or jewellery… basically, we can put your hobby or skills to excellent use!
“The roles available are varied, and you don’t need to be confident with a computer. We’re looking for listers, for example, where you would identify products and then list them. This is where your particular interests would come in handy. And Mondays are particularly critical for us, because listings end every Sunday evening.”
Julie Herrick has been volunteering for five months. She said: “I enjoy it because it’s doing something worthwhile and also making money for St Andrew’s.
“If anyone can give a few hours a week, we would be so grateful. It’s great knowing that the money we make through selling donations really does benefit local people, young and old. One never knows when one’s family may require the hospice’s services.”
Fellow volunteer Kathleen Edmondson said: “I have supported the work of the hospice for a long time, and thoroughly enjoy my role within the Ebay team. It’s really interesting seeing the wide variety of items that come in, and people’s generosity never fails to amaze me.
“It’s also great learning about what people like to buy, and knowing that ultimately what we are doing is contributing to funding the hospice means a lot.”
The roles available are:
There's ample parking and it's on the number 6 Stagecoach bus route.
If you are interested in any of these roles, call Mark Cadey-Gell on 01472 571296 or email email@example.com