Volunteer appeal for hospice service

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A volunteer-led service which helps people facing long term or life-threatening illnesses with every day tasks is appealing for help so it can grow.

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

Cllr Sarah Stamp with a World War One bomb ANL-150121-121135001

Cllr Sarah Stamp with a World War One bomb ANL-150121-121135001

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.

In addition to needing more Hospice Neighbours volunteers, she is calling for people willing to become Hospice Neighbours co-ordinators, with each co-ordinator looking after a team of 10 volunteers.

The majority of Hospice Neighbours patients – 60 per cent – have cancer, but patients could also have motor neurone disease, diabetes, chronic renal failure, MS, heart disease, epilepsy, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or dementia.

To get involved with Hospice Neighbours, contact Kay on 01284 719638.