GIVE A GIFT APPEAL: Volunteers play a vital role at St Catherine’s Hospice

WORTHWHILE ROLE:  Liam Leonard

WORTHWHILE ROLE: Liam Leonard

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From working in St Catherine’s charity shops to lending a hand at events or carrying out important jobs around the hospice, they play a vital role in the running of the charity.

As part of the Give A Gift campaign with the Lancashire Evening Post, set up to celebrate the hospice’s 30th anniversary, St Catherine’s would like to recruit 90 new volunteers – 30 each to work at the shops, at events and at the hospice.

Gap year student Liam Leonard wanted to do something productive and worthwhile with his time before university – and decided volunteering at St Catherine’s Hospice was a great way to achieve both.

The 18-year-old is currently in the midst of applications and interviews for medical school, and in the meantime is gaining valuable experience working in a pharmacy.

He is also giving his time each week to work on the hospice’s in-patient unit, serving lunches to patients each Friday.

Liam, from New Longton, near Preston, has been with St Catherine’s since last May and says he really enjoys helping out.

“I first found out more about St Catherine’s through my old school Hutton Grammar,” he said.

“We got involved with fundraising by hosting our own school Santa Dash at Christmas and one of the staff came out and talked to us about what the hospice does. One of the things I remembered from the presentation was about how much St Catherine’s needs volunteers so I decided to do my bit and get involved.

“My ambition is to go to university and study medicine to become a doctor, so volunteering fits in with this too. I like helping people and I was interested in doing my bit to help make a difference.

“I’m not sure yet which kind of medicine I might go into, but volunteering at St Catherine’s is giving me valuable experience in a health and social care environment. I enjoy chatting with the patients as I’m serving the meals and drinks, and all the staff are so welcoming and friendly.

“I’d certainly recommend volunteering at St Catherine’s. It’s a great way to meet new people, get experience in new things, and most importantly make a contribution towards the work of an amazing local charity.”

For more information about volunteering and the latest vacancies visit www.stcatherines.co.uk, where you’ll also find more details about the Give A Gift campaign.