AN MEP has given his voice to a campaign to get volunteers helping people with life-shortening illnesses.
Richard Howitt, MEP for the East of England, was in Thetford last Friday to show his backing for St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Neighbours scheme.
The charity is seeking volunteers to come forward and help those in need with everyday tasks.
Mr Howitt said: “The impact a volunteer can make in helping a friend, neighbour or community just can’t be exaggerated.
“The simplest of tasks such as helping to walk a dog or pick up a prescription can make such a big difference – and the impact for the life of the volunteers themselves can be enriching, too.
“I really urge Thetford residents to come forward to help St Nicholas Hospice Care’s excellent scheme.”
Mr Howitt also praised the success of similar schemes that have already run in Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Haverhill and Sudbury since last year.
He met with the scheme’s co-ordinator, Kay Newman, and Emma Page, voluntary services manager, at the Thetford branch of St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Ms Page said: “The scheme has really taken off and now it is time for Hospice Neighbours to expand.
“We know there are people in Thetford who will really benefit from a neighbour’s help, so we now need to find volunteers.”
Volunteers Philippa Morphew and Norma Frost also met Mr Hewitt.
Ms Newman will be recruiting volunteers for the scheme over the coming weeks.
She will be at the hospice shop, in Bridge Street, tomorrow from 10.30am to 3pm, next Friday from 10am to 4pm and next Saturday from 10.30am to 3pm.
If you think you could make use of the Hospice Neighbours scheme or if you are interested in volunteering, call Ms Newman on 01284 719638.