Volunteers at Rennie Grove Hospice Care are getting a big thank you from the charity this week.
June 1 to 7 is Volunteers' Week, and Rennie Grove is determined to say a big thank you to all its volunteers in as many ways as possible.
Susan Lewis, Volunteering Development Advisor for the charity, explains: “We’re so grateful to all our volunteers.
"Their support – whether that’s listing or packing items for sale on our e-commerce retail stores, volunteering on reception, providing practical and emotional support for patients and their families, and in so many other important roles – means we can help more families stay together at home.
“We’ll be using the national awareness week to thank our volunteers wholeheartedly for all their hard work, celebrating their contribution and showing them first-hand the difference they make to local families.”
This includes a virtual get together over Zoom. All the charity's volunteers are invited to the call, which will combine an informal catch up as well as a more formal thank you.
On the call will be Erika Dallimore, sharing her story of how the hospice at home nurses cared for her mum.
She’ll be joined by Jenny Roberts, Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Dacorum Hospice at Home team, who will talk about nursing in people’s homes during a pandemic.
She’ll also showcase the nurses’ new uniforms, which many volunteers won’t yet have seen.
Chief Executive Stewart Marks and Chair of Trustees, Professor Stephen Spiro, will also be on the call, sharing their thanks and insights into the difference that volunteers have made during such a difficult year.
Susan adds: “Many of our volunteers give their skills and time because they are inspired by our work or want to give back, particularly if they have experienced our services. We hope
hearing from a nurse and a family member will remind them just how important and valued they are. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”
Rennie Grove’s shop windows will celebrate volunteers’ contributions with a thank you message and ‘the difference you make’ theme as part of each shop’s display during the first week of June.
The charity will share volunteers’ stories over social media during the week as well.
If you would like to volunteer, you can visit Rennie Grove's website or call 01442 507321 for an informal chat. Rennie Grove is increasingly flexible and welcomes enquiries from anyone with any amount of time to spare.