Vol­un­tary helpers at heart of hos­pice

Midweek Visiter - - St Joseph's Hospice -

IT’S Vol­un­teers Week this week ( June 1-7) and so we want to cel­e­brate and cham­pion all the in­spir­ing vol­un­teers who keep our hos­pice go­ing every sin­gle day.

Val Wil­son, 71, from Maghull, is one of around a hun­dred who give up their own time every week to help in one of our shops.

Val started vol­un­teer­ing at the St. Joseph’s Hos­pice shop, on West­way in Maghull, a year ago.

She is also a carer for her hus­band Eric who is wheelchair-bound fol­low­ing two strokes and so she spends most of her time car­ing for him.

How­ever, she is ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing the hos­pice as much as she can in what lit­tle free time she has.

Val said: “I would rec­om­mend shop vol­un­teer­ing to any­one. “It’s amaz­ing. “You meet so many lovely peo­ple from staff and cus­tomers to vol­un­teers and I re­ally look for­ward to go­ing in each week.”

Val’s daugh­ter first en­cour­aged her to do some vol­un­teer­ing as she spends so much time at home car­ing for Eric so one day, when she was on her way to do some shop­ping, she just popped in to the hos­pice shop and was given a very warm wel­come by Su­san, the shop man­ager.

Val also vol­un­teers for the Stroke Association every two weeks, sup­port­ing stroke pa­tients at a so­cial club in Nether­ton.

Shop vol­un­teer­ing is one of the most valu­able things you can do to sup­port the hos­pice as our shops are a cru­cial source of in­come for us, rais­ing over £100,000 each year.

This money goes di­rectly to­wards car­ing for pa­tients at the hos­pice in Thorn­ton.

Su­san Smith, man­ager at the St. Joseph’s Hos­pice shop in Maghull, said: “Vol­un­teer­ing is a fan­tas­tic way to get out and about and make new friends and Val, like all our vol­un­teers, is a real in­spi­ra­tion.

“She has so many other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties but she al­ways makes time for the hos­pice and on top of her weekly shift, she will al­ways step in at short no­tice if needed.

“Vol­un­teer­ing is a two-way thing be­cause as well as the hos­pice ben­e­fit­ing hugely from her time; she also gets a lot out of it.

“Our shops pro­vide a re­ally car­ing and sup­port­ive net­work and that can be a real life­line.”

The hos­pice is hold­ing a spe­cial shop vol­un­teer open day on Sun­day, June 10 from 2pm to 4pm for any­one who would like to find out more about shop vol­un­teer­ing.

If you could help or would like to come along to our shop vol­un­teer open day, please call 0151 932 6046 or email siob­han.clin­ton@jospice.org. uk.

For up-to-date news and in­for­ma­tion, please fol­low @JospiceUK on Twit­ter and Face­book and St. Joseph’s Hos­pice Mersey­side on Linked In.

You can also visit our web­site www.jospice.org. uk.

Jospice vol­un­teer Val Wil­son who works in St Joseph’s Hos­pice Maghull out­let and would rec­om­mend shop vol­un­teer­ing to any­one

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