Hospice calls on neighbours

St Nicholas Hospice Care is rolling out its neighbours scheme to Mildenhall.

The scheme looks to pair up people suffering life-shortening illnesses with volunteers who can help them with everyday tasks.

The tasks include picking up prescriptions, shopping, walking a dog or just going into someone’s home and chatting to them while their carer takes some time off.

The scheme has already been launched successfully in several areas including Bury St Edmunds and Thetford.

Emma Page, hospice voluntary services manager, said: “The scheme has really taken off and it is time for hospice neighbours to expand further.

“We know there are people in Mildenhall who will really benefit from a neighbour’s help, so we need to find volunteers.”

Volunteers receive basic local training from the hospice before going out into the community.

Hospice neighbours co-ordinator Kay Newman will be at St Nicholas Hospice Care shop, in Mill Road, Mildenhall, from 10am-3.30pm on May 18 and 24 and between 9am and 1pm on May 26.