Becky Parker, Reporter
Monday, July 14, 2014
WESTON Hospicecare is more than a town charity, it is an institution people recognise and support.
Members of the public who dedicate their time to the cause are a vital part of the formula which keeps it going.
Volunteers save the hospice more than £1million a year – which can be invested back into patient care.
The hospice holds an annual cream tea to say thank you and to give long service awards for people who have dedicated five, 10, 15 or 20 years to volunteering.
Awards were handed out by retired BBC newsman Chris Vacher.
This year, the charity has launched a 25-year prize – an engraved crystal paperweight.
Grace Gould, who received the award, has worked in Hospicecare’s Baker Street shop since her husband died.
She said: “I had been married to my husband for 40 years and five months and I felt the loss of him.
“Being at the shop really made a difference - they are all so terrific, I find when I come home I’m much happier after having had a laugh with everyone.”
After seeing an advert for volunteer drivers in a Hospicecare shop, Brenda Horwood also decided to use her spare time to help transport patients.
She said: “Just because a person has a life-limiting illness it doesn’t change who they are.
“They still keep their sense of humour; it is far from being all doom and gloom.
“I really do miss it if I don’t go in one week though, it makes me happy.”
Volunteer and training advisor Maria Beaton said: “Their dedication and passion for their roles and the hospice are the cornerstones of Weston Hospicecare.
“We have a role for everyone, so if you have a few hours a week to spare we are always looking for new people to come and help us.”
If you would like more information about volunteering, call 01934 423975 or visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/volunteering