St Catherine’s calls for more volunteers

Photo Neil Cross'St Catherine's Hospice volunteers
Photo Neil Cross'St Catherine's Hospice volunteers
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MEMBERS of the community are being asked to give the gift of time to a hospice this National Volunteers’ Week.

The Give A Gift campaign from St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall, run in partnership with the Lancashire Evening Post, highlights 30 different ways people can show their support during the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

Included on the list is an appeal for 30 new volunteers at St Catherine’s charity shops, 30 new volunteers giving time in the hospice or The Mill café and community hub, and 30 new volunteers helping out at events.

Current positions being recruited for include volunteer advisors and café assistants at The Mill; helping with general ward duties on the in-patient unit; acting as a volunteer driver transporting patients to day therapy; working in the hospice shops across Lancashire; and helping with a host of fundraising events organised throughout St Catherine’s anniversary celebration month in June.

Another ‘gift’ appeals for three nature enthusiasts who can help look after St Catherine’s Park.

The park, which is home to the hospice, is made up of a wetland and woodland reserve, as well as lawns and gardens, and a sensory garden.

Jobs will include planting, trimming, pruning and weeding. The hospice is also keen to hear from any amateur naturalists or birdwatchers who might like to ‘adopt’ the spot as their own, and keep a record of the different wildlife.

Minaxi Panchal, volunteer co-ordinator for St Catherine’s Hospice and The Mill, said: “As we celebrate 30 years of being part of the local community, we’re asking people to consider whether they could give us a gift of their time and sign up as a volunteer, which can make a very big difference to St Catherine’s.”

Visit www.stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 629171.