Could you change lives and be a Weston Hospicecare volunteer in 2017?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 January 2017

A team of Weston Hospicecare volunteers - will you join them in 2017?

A team of Weston Hospicecare volunteers - will you join them in 2017?

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As many Westonians reflect on a Christmas spent surrounded by family, friends and food, one of the town's best-loved charities is urging people to make a difference to their community by volunteering in 2017.

Weston Hospicecare is kicking off the new year by launching its Good Intentions volunteer drive, which is encouraging people to learn new skills and meet new people by offering to give up their time for the hospice.

The hospice’s volunteer and training manager, Maria Beaton, is calling on Mercury readers to make a difference to terminally-ill people by giving up a few hours of their time in one of the charity’s shops, or spending time with patients and their families at the charity’s day hospice unit.

Maria said: “We know many people set their new year’s resolutions with the goals of helping others, getting involved in their community or improving their skills – and volunteering for Weston Hospicecare is one way of achieving many of those goals.

“Whether you are volunteering in one of our shops or interacting with patients in our day hospice, there’s so much you can do to make a big difference in the lives of people affected by life-limiting illnesses.”

One of the most popular ways in which people often choose to support the hospice is by volunteering in one of its shops – and with branches dotted all over Weston and its surrounding villages, the charity says its vital and varied shop roles really can be enjoyed by everyone.

The hospice’s director of retail, Gemma Turner, said volunteers were particularly needed in the hospice’s warehouse and distribution teams, as well as in its shops.

Gemma told the Mercury: “It could be as simple as coming in for an hour or so every week to help us create beautiful shop window displays or helping to sort through donations – no matter what your skills are, there’s always a way you can help.”

Visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk or contact 01934 423975 to learn more about volunteering.

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