The Foyle Hospice in Derry is encouraging local people to consider volunteering for the charity as it marks its 30th year providing care to the people of the North West.
It is hard to imagine that prior to 1984 the region did not have this vital care provision.
The Community Specialist Nursing Team was established in that year.
After years of determined fundraising spearheaded by Dr Tom McGinley a purpose built In-Patient Unit followed in 1991. With further fundraising efforts supported by the local community the dream of a Day Hospice became a reality in 2001.
Over the last 30 years staff and volunteers at Foyle Hospice have made a real difference to the lives of thousands of people in the local community, providing specialist care to patients and support to their loved ones.
The hospice has survived years of austerity but the most years have been particularly challenging.
They are appealing to local people to help us make sure that this vital service remains for the next 30 years.
Sharon Williams, Volunteer Coordinator said:‘Every year we depend on volunteers to help us fundraise, it is only with their help that we can tackle our enormous funding challenge.
“In 2015 we are looking at expanding our team of fundraising volunteers to help at our promotional stands, charity shops, events, flag days and weekly draw promotion.”
Your level of commitment can be as little as a couple of hours twice a year, or a morning each week. You do not need experience as we will provide all necessary training - all that is required is a desire to raise money to help those who need our help and to have fun doing it. If fundraising does not appeal to you there are other ways to get involved. To find out more about how you can make a difference please call me on (028) 71 351 010.’