‘We would not be able to of­fer our ser­vices with­out sup­port’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS -

THE con­tri­bu­tion vol­un­teers play is ‘crit­i­cal’ and with­out them a char­ity would not be able to pro­vide the same level of sup­port it does.

Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care, which has an of­fice in Hodge­moor View, Chal­font St Giles, re­lies on the help of more than 1,000 peo­ple p pro­vid­ingg dif­fer­ent ser­vices.

And ac­cord­ing to Jane Carruthers, vol­un­teer ser­vice manager for the char­ity, when you con­sider the char­ity only has 200 paid staff the maths adds up.

She said: “Vol­un­teers are crit­i­cal. Many of our ser­vices we couldn’t af­ford to of­fer, but also we recog­nise that they re­ally en­hance the ser­vice.

“They are a bridge be­tween us, our pa­tients, car­ers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. We cer­tainly wouldn’t be with­out them, we cer­tainly y

couldn’t pro­vide the num­ber of qual­i­fied nurses we do.”

The hospice is a home ser­vice, which means they do not have beds at the of­fice.

In­stead, qual­i­fied nurses visit pa­tients in their own homes.

Mrs Carruthers added: “We have vol­un­teers at or­gan­i­sa­tion but just in South Bucks all the other peop peo­ple in those shops are v vol­un­teers so typ­i­cally th there’s two, three, four, five vol­un­teers in a shop and with­out the them we wouldn’t be able to raise the money that we raise for our reta re­tail ser­vices.”

But volu vol­un­teers do not just work i in shops – the char­ity reli re­lies on a sup­port tea team who pro­vide a li lis­ten­ing ser­vice for the re­cently be­reaved an and also help out at even events. “We’re a al­ways happy to talk to oth­ers who wan want to vol vol­un­teer,” Mrs Ca Carruthers ad added.

For more in in­for­ma­tion on v vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­nites at the hospice visit hwww. ren­niegrove. org or call 01442 890 222.

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