THIS week is national Volunteers’ Week – an annual celebration of the contributions and achievements made by volunteers.
Here at Derian House, we’re saying a great big thank you to our amazing team of 100 volunteers who in 2019 donated 10,000 hours of their time to support us in making sure that every child and young person who comes to Derian is able to make the very most of the time they have.
If those were paid hours, this would have cost approximately £80,000 but instead this money can be used to care for the children and young people who need us most.
From manning reception and helping out with activities and groups to gardening and kitchen duties, volunteers really make a difference at Derian House.
Sue Lally, Reception Volunteer, said: “I feel humbled by the people that I meet – the families who use the facilities, and the people doing extraordinary things to raise money for the upkeep and running of the hospice.”
Our volunteers also represent the hospice in the community helping out in our charity shops across Lancashire and at our fundraising events.
Jade Morris, Shop Volunteer, said: “It’s such a great feeling to know you’re making a difference and giving back.”
To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, we have been chatting to our volunteers and sharing their stories over on our Facebook page. We’ve also spoken to members of staff to find out just how valuable volunteers are to Derian House and how much they have been missed due to the pandemic.
Frances Lees, Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to all of our volunteers, you’re absolutely amazing and we can’t wait to see you all again.”
National Volunteers’ Week is a great time to think about volunteering for Derian House Children’s Hospice. The benefits of volunteering are well-documented, with people reporting increased feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
If you would like to get involved please call Frances Lees on 01257 233 300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org