As Volunteers Week gets underway today (1-7 June) we’d like to say a huge thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who give so much of their time and support to Tynedale Hospice at Home.

We’re lucky enough to have over 240 volunteers working in every aspect of our services – in our office, in our shops, in our local communities fundraising and in our Family Support and Hospital Transport Service – and in 2017-2018 they contributed an incredible 23,013 hours of their time. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them.

Thank you to all our volunteers this Volunteers’ Week and every week!

Here’s what some of our volunteers say about volunteering….

 “I find it so rewarding to be part of someone’s journey to feeling a bit better, to reach a stage of understanding and acceptance of their situation.  Knowing that there is someone to listen as they work through their grief is a real comfort for many and I feel proud to be part of an amazing charity that supports people in such a positive way.”

Liz Hardy, Family Support Volunteer

“I love being out and about meeting people and there’s plenty of opportunity to do this in my role. Knowing that I am doing something worthwhile, however small that is, means a lot to me.  When I spend a day selling raffle tickets or running a stall and find out that we’ve raised a good sum, I think about the amount of nursing care this might mean the Hospice can provide and there’s a real buzz in knowing that because of the time I’ve given, someone, somewhere is able to receive this support.”

Wendy Reed, Fundraising Volunteer

“I enjoy volunteering on a number of different levels – the social interaction is great, you’re helping a worthwhile cause, and that feels good, and you hope that in your own small way you’re making a difference. I would definitely recommend it!”

Peter Woodward, Office Volunteer

“To say I like volunteering is an understatement. I love volunteering in the Hospital Transport Service!  I want to be able to help in some small way through my efforts and this service really does make such a positive difference to the people it supports.  As I sit waiting for my clients to have their treatment, I have lost count of the times that I see poorly people who have just finished their treatment, feeling awful, waiting to be collected by the ambulance transport service to be taken home.  The beauty of Tynedale Hospice’s Transport Service is there is no waiting.  Clients get a door to door service at time of their choosing, and if they feel like it, the chance of a good chat too!”

Angela Hill, Hospital Transport Volunteer

“The shop is always busy and there’s never a dull moment. I especially love that moment at the end of the day when we are cashing up and we find out how much we’ve raised that day. It’s wonderful.”

Val Hinchley, Ponteland Shop Volunteer


To find out more about volunteer opportunities at Tynedale Hospice at Home, please call 01434 600 388.