Chil­dren’s hos­pice char­ity launches vol­un­teer drive

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The Chil­dren’s Hospices Across Scot­land (Chas) char­ity has launched its 2019 vol­un­teer re­cruit­ment cam­paign.

Aber­do­nians are be­ing en­cour­aged to make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of fam­i­lies with chil­dren with life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions by do­nat­ing spare time.

Three chil­dren die ev­ery week in Scot­land from a life-lim­it­ing con­di­tion, and Chas is only able to reach one of those.

Ali­son Maver vol­un­teers with Aberdeen Ladies Lunch, which raises funds for the char­ity.

She said: “I was meant to re­tire from vol­un­teer­ing af­ter the last Ladies Lunch but I’m hooked so much that I’ve de­cided I’m go­ing to do it again for an­other year at least.

“I would say to any­one, get in­volved and do what you can to help sup­port lo­cal Aberdeen fam­i­lies fac­ing the unimag­in­able.”

Mor­ven MacLean, head of vol­un­teer­ing at Chas, added: “There are so many ben­e­fits to be gained from vol­un­teer­ing such as mak­ing new friends, learn­ing new skills and de­vel­op­ing your con­fi­dence.

“We have a va­ri­ety of flex­i­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved with to fit around busy work sched­ules, as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren too, so no mat­ter how lit­tle time you have to give, or your age, we want to hear from you.”

The ser­vice has more than 890 ac­tive vol­un­teers in ar­eas from re­tail to nurs­ing, fundrais­ing to pho­tog­ra­phy.

The char­ity of­fers pal­lia­tive care and respite for the whole fam­ily with its two hospices, Rachel House in Kin­ross and Robin House in Bal­loch.

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