Appeal for volunteers for hospice neighbours service

Mark Westley Photography'St Nicholas Hospice Care Neighbours service has won the Queens Award. ANL-150206-231815009
Mark Westley Photography'St Nicholas Hospice Care Neighbours service has won the Queens Award. ANL-150206-231815009
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A successful volunteer-led service which helps people facing long term or life-threatening illnesses with everyday tasks is calling for help so it can grow.

Hospice Neighbours, a St Nicholas Hospice Care service which started five years ago, needs more volunteers to help co-ordinate home visits and people to give up their time to visit patients at home.

Kay Newman, Hospice Neighbours co-ordinator, said the service was helping between 120 and 130 people at any given time, with volunteers providing companionship as well as assisting with the sort of household tasks that can feel overwhelming when you are unwell. She is also calling for people willing to become Hospice Neighbours co-ordinators, with each co-ordinator looking after a team of 10 volunteers.

A Hospice Neighbours information event is being held on Tuesday, January 26 from 3.30pm to 7.30pm with presentations at 4pm and 6pm at the hospice, in Hardwick Lane.