St Catherine’s Hospice Celebrates Volunteers

St Catherine’s Hospice Celebrates Volunteers

Last week as part of national Volunteers Week, St Catherine’s Hospice celebrated the achievements of their incredible volunteers.

Each year, more than 1,000 local people volunteer with St Catherine’s. Without them, the local charity wouldn’t be able to provide their expert end of life care and support. Coming from across Sussex and Surrey, volunteers take on 49 varied roles from; gardeners and charity shop assistants, to complementary therapists, caterers, and even a caricature artist!

Between them, they volunteer more than 50,000 hours a year. And in 2018-2019 alone they provided comfort and care by:

  • Driving 32,500 miles bringing patients to and from St Catherine’s
  • Serving 22,812 hot and alcoholic drinks from the hospice drinks trolley
  • Providing 2,291 counselling, support and spiritual care sessions
  • Selling 378,869 individual items in the hospice’s 16 charity shops

This helps raise vital funds so St Catherine’s can be there for people when life comes full circle.

Rita Reissland is one of the hospice’s many volunteers. She volunteers in her local St Catherine’s shop in Caterham two mornings a week. Rita said, “I volunteer to give something back as St Catherine’s cared for my husband Ken. After I lost Ken, I knew volunteering in the actual hospice would be too painful. But volunteering in my local shop is perfect. I love ironing so I usually steam the clothes that we’ve had donated, and I serve customers on the till too. We have regular customers come in and I really enjoy chatting to them. Volunteering makes me feel useful and the team have been really welcoming.”

To thank volunteers for their incredible contributions, St Catherine’s hosted a volunteers award evening at Tilgate Golf Club on Wednesday 5th June. This recognised volunteers who have reached five, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years voluntary service with the local charity.

Peter Nesbitt, Volunteering Development Manager at St Catherine’s said, “Were really lucky to be so well supported by volunteers. We simply couldn’t provide our services without them. By giving their time and skills, our volunteers are some of the biggest donors to our hospice. We want to say a huge thank you to each one of them for their incredible support. We’d especially like to congratulate any volunteers who reached a special volunteering milestone with us. Their loyalty and dedication to the hospice, and all the people we care for, makes a huge difference at a difficult time.”

If you would like to find out about current volunteering opportunities at St Catherine’s please visit www.stch.org.uk/volunteer call St Catherine’s Volunteering Team on: 01293 447351 or email: volunteering@stch.org.uk