It’s Volunteers’ Week on 1-7th June and all week we’ll be celebrating our fantastic 1,300 volunteers who are an essential part of LOROS life.
In fact they are so vital for our charity to thrive and grow that we’re giving them all a special Thank You card – it’s plantable and contains wildflower seeds, which when buried and watered will grow into beautiful flowers.
John Knight, LOROS Hospice CEO said: “The last twelve months have probably been the toughest we have all faced. As a charity, there have been many challenges and without exception everyone rallied together to focus on stabilising the hospice. Our volunteers’ support was an essential part of that and enabled us to continue to provide care and support for patients, families and their loved ones.
“We want to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers for the difference they make. The card is a thank you but it’s also symbolic of the vital role our volunteers play in helping LOROS grow into the future.”
And don’t worry, the cards have been kindly supported by our friends at Willsow.
Volunteers are involved in almost every aspect of life at LOROS Hospice. From volunteer drivers who take house-bound patients into Day Therapy, to hairdressers who provide much needed pampering for patients on the Ward, to shop volunteers who sort, label and sell donations in LOROS’s 29 shops.
Pete Kerrigan has been volunteering with LOROS for 9 years, supporting patients and their families whenever he can.
Pete says: “When I retired I sat around watching day time TV for a while. Then I thought, there’s got to be more to retirement than this, and I came to volunteer at LOROS. It’s like a big family, the doctors, the nurses, domestic staff – everyone pulls together for the patients. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
“Not being able to volunteer because of COVID-19 was awful, I’m so glad to be back. Being able to spend time with the patients, comforting them or just playing a game or two, whatever they want, is a real privilege."