What a Volunteers’ Week!

Published: June 7, 2019

Volunteers came in from two local Marks and Spencer’s stores and renovated the family and staff area so that Richard House Children’s Hospice had a clean bright space to hold their Volunteers Celebration this Volunteers Week.

Emma Dundas, Marks and Spencer store manager: “We have spent two days stripping back, cleaning and painting the walls and ceilings to give the room a fresh feel, and suitable for the occasion.”

Chris Baker, Chief Executive of the children’s hospice, said: “Since our Founder first started Richard House almost twenty years ago, she said that volunteers were key to the hospice. Today volunteers are still key to our success and our future plans. We are extremely grateful for all the time they give us; this year it has been an astounding 23,067 hours of volunteering!”

Thirty volunteers attended afternoon tea put on by the staff at Richard House as they thanked their volunteers for their commitment and hard work.

Jade Hill, mum of three year old Grace who has an extremely rare genetic condition and uses Richard House services, spoke at the event and said: “We really do appreciate our volunteers. We couldn’t be without them. We try to make sure all year round that they know how valued they are.”

At the event there was a special surprise for volunteer Carole Warrington who was given a weekend break through the Room to Reward scheme* which sees hotels donate anticipated unsold rooms to allow charities such as Richard House to reward volunteers in recognition of their efforts. Carole Warrington brought up her two sons on her own, both have successfully completed university, yet she still found time to give back to her community by volunteering at Richard House Children’s Hospice’s Charity Shop in Green Lane for the past ten years.

Her charity shop manager, Lesley, said: “Carole is a favourite amongst the other volunteers here and a big hit with our customers. She is a committed and positive volunteer who goes that extra mile for us. She is a pleasure to work and deserves this reward.”

Carole said: “I am committed to Richard House and I love being one piece of the larger picture that provides care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and support for families in east London.

Today was amazing for me and all the volunteers.”

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year and is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

* Room to Reward is a unique charity created to give something back to those volunteers who do so much, for so many. All over the U.K., there are hundreds of thousands of people making a difference where it’s needed most, people whose words, deeds and actions make the world a better place. Room to Reward enables registered charities to give something back to these inspirational individuals with a well-earned break at no cost to themselves.

Room to Reward partners with hotels across the U.K who donate their anticipated unsold rooms to the scheme. Charities are then invited to nominate their Hidden Heroes for a 1-2 night, bed and breakfast, complimentary break to enjoy with a friend/loved one.

Hotels throughout the country – as well as properties in Europe – have joined the initiative, helping to say ‘thank you’ to society’s Hidden Heroes and celebrating the difference they make.

Find out more at www.roomtoreward.org.