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Local hospice says thank you to its much-loved and missed volunteers during Volunteers’ Week

During Volunteers Week, Monday 1 to Sunday 7 June, a Carlisle based hospice would love to say a huge ‘thank you’ to their wonderful volunteers.

More than 500 local people volunteer their time and skills at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice. Every day, volunteers help to make the hospice sparkle as they support local people with life limiting illnesses in a wide variety of ways.

From supporting Day Hospice patients to processing donations in their charity shops, every volunteer helps the local hospice to provide the highest standards of care, support and companionship to local people. During these challenging times, many of the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw’s volunteers are unable to carry out their usual roles although a small team of volunteers continue to help at both the hospice and online shops.

Patricia Livsey, Chief Executive at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, explained

“During Volunteers Week I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of you for your constant support for the hospice, without you we just couldn’t exist. We are looking forward to when you can be back working with us and supporting the hospice in the amazing ways which you have done all this time. Without you we just wouldn’t survive.

“We are really looking forward to seeing you in the near future and we will welcome you with open arms.”

Volunteers Week provides organisations across the country with the opportunity to celebrate the amazing work volunteers do every day and this year will be no different. The hospice's annual Staff and Volunteers celebration may have been cancelled but all staff and volunteers will receive their long service awards and a full Roll of Honour can be found here.

Karen Nixon, Voluntary Services Coordinator, said

“Our Staff and Volunteers Evening provides the hospice with the chance to thank all our volunteers and acknowledge the dedication of our volunteers who are receiving their long service awards. This year we will be distributing awards for 10, 15, 20 and 30 years' service at the hospice, this is an incredible achievement for all of the volunteers. They really are the heart and soul of the hospice.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers, both individual and corporate volunteers, who make a difference to the hospice every day. Whatever role our volunteers have they are all helping out medical team to provide the highest standards of care when local people need us the most.”

This year, one local person will be receiving their 30 year voluntary service award. The volunteer began supporting the hospice before the building on Durdar Road was completed and a year before the first patients were cared for in the Day Hospice facility.

During Volunteers Week, Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are also calling on the local community to find out more about volunteering. Whether you would like to join the team in one of our shops, help at the hospice itself or have a special skill you would like to share with the hospice they would like you to get in touch.

Karen continued,

“Plans are well underway for welcoming volunteers back to the hospice and we are always looking for new people to join the team. Initially we will be welcoming back volunteers on a phased return basis and some areas may open before others, but if you would like to join our team of volunteers please get in touch.”