Tameside Advertiser - - WILLOW WOOD HOSPICE -

HE hospice re­lies on a regular sup­ply of dona­tions to stock our shops and a con­stant flow of new stock is vi­tal to their con­tin­u­ing suc­cess.

One way many lo­cal peo­ple show their sup­port for the hospice is through do­nat­ing items no longer re­quired.

Be­cause of the level of sup­port the hospice re­ceives from all over the lo­cal com­mu­nity we have had to re­view the hours the hospice vans are out and about.

Th­ese vans are the lifeblood be­hind col­lec­tion and de­liv­ery of goods and to make sure we can col­lect as many dona­tions as pos­si­ble dur­ing the day we are now op­er­at­ing two col­lec­tion and de­liv­ery shifts, 8.30 – 12.30 and 12.30 – 4.30 and we are now ur­gently seek­ing more vol­un­teer driv­ers and mates to go out and about col­lect­ing dona­tions of fur­ni­ture, clothes and bric-a-brac which are sold through­out the hospice shops to raise vi­tal funds.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Karen Houl­ston said: “Vol­un­teers are an es­sen­tial part of our hospice team. With­out them we would not be able to pro­vide the vast range of ser­vices, fa­cil­i­ties and the spe­cial care that we do for pa­tients and fam­i­lies. But as the de­mands on the hospice ser­vices con­tinue to grow so does the need to in­crease funds and in­creas­ing the hours our vans are “out on the road” will help enor­mously”.

So if you’re en­thu­si­as­tic, re­li­able, have a nor­mal driv­ing li­cence, four hours to spare once a week and would like to help Wil­low Wood raise vi­tal funds then the hospice would love to hear from you.

There are three ways to find out how your help will make a huge dif­fer­ence in the lives of lo­cal peo­ple. You can ei­ther call into the Pad in Staly­bridge, give ei­ther Beatrice Robin­son or Mandy McDer­mott a ring on 0161 330 1100 or email ad­min@wil­low­wood.info.

● Vol­un­teers with a hospice van

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