This week (1st to 7th June) is Volunteers’ Week, which is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution that volunteers make to our communities. Imelda, our CEO, shares her thanks for our volunteers. 

"This year we’re celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways. 

At Martlets we have 560 people who support us through volunteering and they are the absolute backbone of everything we do. They might be helping in our charity shops, at our warehouse, enthusiastically fundraising, supporting patients and their families or at the hospice itself.   

Some of our volunteers provide counselling and bereavement care, give complementary therapies and care for our patients in the community. They also assist our ward clerks, help in our offices, serve refreshments and look after our garden.

In short, our volunteers play an essential part in the hospice care that we provide to patients and their families. We could not do what we do without their fantastic commitment and contribution. There are numerous roles that suit all kinds of people with many different skills, life experience and knowledge.

Volunteers often say how rewarding the experience is for them. Friendships are made and it’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help people to gain valuable new skills and boost confidence.

So, if you are interested in volunteering for Martlets then please get in touch."