Make 2016 the year you decide to volunteer with Foyle Hospice

Hospice volunteer John Mann.
Hospice volunteer John Mann.

The Foyle Hospice is appealing to local people to join its volunteer team and make 2016 the year you make a difference.

The hospice has many opportunities were people can get involved.

Monica McGuigan, Hospice Volunteer.

Monica McGuigan, Hospice Volunteer.

Sharon Williams, Volunteer Coordinator said: “The hospice depends on the support of its volunteers, without them the hospice simply couldn’t offer its services free of charge to patients and to their families.”

People can get involved in different areas that suit their interest and expertise, if you are interested in retail the hospice has five charity shops.

Jacqui McGinley, Area Shops Manager said: “The shops couldn’t function without our volunteers they are so important in raising much needed funds. People enjoy learning new skills and belonging to a team. We really need more volunteers so please if you are thinking about it just pop into one of our shops or phone us to find out how to get involved.”

Sharon explained that a weekly commitment is not necessary.

“We have opportunities to suit your working and family life,” she said. “For those who are juggling many commitments you can get involved in seasonal opportunities helping with our stands, events and newsletter, every hour people can give is always appreciated.”

People can get involved in direct patient care in Day Hospice or in the In-Patient Unit.

Monica McGuigan, volunteer kitchen assistant said: “I get a lot from knowing I’m helping the patients even if it is only in a small way. It really lifts you, it has given me a new lease of life.”

John Mann, volunteer driver, appreciates having a purpose in his retirement.

He said: “Not only has volunteering given me a purpose after I found I had so much time on my hands but I also get great pleasure from helping patients get into Day Hospice.’