Press release: Jersey Hospice Care celebrate all the volunteers who help make their services possible
Jersey Hospice Care are especially delighted to be celebrating Volunteer’s Week this week, 1 – 7 June 2021, as they reflect on the tremendous support from everyone who gave up their time in the past year and simultaneously welcome back many of their volunteers who were previously restricted due to COVID-19.
At Hospice, the support of over 400 unpaid Volunteers is essential to the delivery of their services and activities across the charity as they care for those living with dying to live life to the full and support their family and friends. Volunteer roles include everything from helping with mealtimes on the In Patient Unit, selling Million Pound Lottery tickets and sorting and stocking at their retail shops, to qualified counsellors who augment their Bereavement and Emotional Support Service or supporting the charity through sitting on the Board of Trustees.
In March 2020, all Volunteers were stood down in response to COVID-19 restrictions. This was very challenging both for the Charity and for the Volunteers themselves who enjoy their roles and being a part of this community. Over the course of the year, Volunteers have been brought back where possible and just this May, Hospice were delighted to welcome back their over 70’s Volunteers.
Hospice Volunteer, Rosemary Stock, said: “Volunteering at Jersey Hospice Care makes me feel very happy. I look forward to all my shifts and it gives me a sense of achievement. If you have any spare time, use it to volunteer. You will meet some lovely new people and will feel good about yourself. You can give a little or a lot of time to volunteering, but even a couple of hours will really help.”
In total, Volunteers gave over 17,000 hours to Hospice during 2020 and although this is considerably less than in previous years, (2019: 48,500 hours) every hour was especially invaluable to the Charity who are grateful for this support in such a challenging year for all – 17,000 hours equates to nine full time equivalent employees. The Trustees and all Jersey Hospice Care employees wish to record their thanks to these Volunteers, without whom the Charity would be unable to maintain the quality of service that is currently provided.
Jersey Hospice Care Volunteer Manager, Loraine Fulton, said: “From myself and all the employees at Jersey Hospice Care, we’d like to say a huge thank you to our volunteers, we couldn’t do it without each and every one of you. Your support and dedication truly helps us to continue to enable people in our community who are living with dying to live life to the full, and in one of the most challenging years for the charity, your patience and willingness has been really appreciated, thank you.”