Voluntary helpers at heart of 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 email@example.com. uk.
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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