Cornwall LivingIssue #62
A hospice with heart
Introducing ‘Heart of our Hospices’, a celebration of Cornwall Hospice Care’s volunteers.
Did you know that Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care relies on the support of a thousand volunteers? They give their time in a wide range of roles at Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s Hospices, in the shops, offices and at fundraising events.
“Our ward volunteers undertake a variety of roles and bring a cheerful smile. We really value everything they do and would be lost without them.”
This year the charity is celebrating the commitment of its volunteers by featuring a series of short films made with just some of those who donate their time and skills. Also involved are the staff members who support them, all of whom reinforce the fact that the charity simply couldn’t achieve all it does without voluntary help.
Elaine volunteers in Cornwall Hospice Care’s lottery department at Holmbush in St Austell. “I wanted to give something back, making a small contribution to the wonderful work that the hospices do.” Her manager, Sarah Vincent, says: “Elaine does marvellous work for us in the lottery team. We couldn’t do what we do without her.”
Jane volunteers on the ward at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell. “I have a nursing background so felt I would be able to come in to the hospice and offer help and support to the staff, patients and relatives. Volunteering makes me feel elated and I would urge anyone to try it.” Lizzie Hotton is the Ward Sister. “Our ward volunteers undertake a variety of roles and bring a cheerful smile. We really value everything they do and would be lost without them.”
Richard volunteers as a van driver’s assistant, taking donated goods to Cornwall Hospice Care’s shops across Cornwall, “By volunteering there’s no cost to the charity and the work keeps me busy and reasonably fit.” His support is valued by driver Warren, “my day would be much harder if I didn’t have a volunteer helping me to lift and carry, Richard’s good company too.”
Bunty volunteers in the charity’s shop in Hayle. “It’s rewarding to know the good we’re doing because every pound we make supports the care we offer families. It’s an honour to be here and I would urge people to come and find out more.”
"Our ward volunteers undertake a variety of roles and bring a cheerful smile. We really value everything they do and would be lost without them."