Whether they’re gardening, marshalling events, helping in the kitchen or at one of Bluebell Wood’s nine shops, volunteers are a vital part of South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice.
With Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June, North Anston-based Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is celebrating its amazing team of over 550 volunteers who help to make all the difference to its work with children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
Volunteers Week, which celebrates the work of volunteers in every community across the country, is organised by NCVO as a chance for charities to thank their volunteers and let them know how much their gift of time matters.
As well as singing the praises of everyone who gives their time to help Bluebell Wood families create special memories, the children’s hospice is asking people to thank a Bluebell Wood volunteer on social media by using the hashtag #volunteersweek and tagging @BluebellWoodCH.
Janet Marshall, 66, who has volunteered for Bluebell Wood for over nine years, said: “I became a Bluebell Wood volunteer before the hospice had even opened. I started out as a volunteer for the Worksop support group after a friend invited me to one of their quizzes.”
Janet has volunteered in almost every area, from helping out in the sibling group and her local Bluebell Wood shop, to bucket collecting at events. These days you’ll find Janet volunteering on reception, where she acts as the first point of call for visitors and families.
Janet said: “I am often the first person that people talk to when they contact Bluebell Wood. I really enjoy meeting visitors and families, and helping them in any way I can. Often that means taking a donation, or putting them in touch with the right person to help. Another big part of my role is sending out thank-you letters and certificates to our supporters, to say thank you for all their fundraising.
“The best thing about being a Bluebell Wood volunteer is the people. I have made so many friends since I started volunteering, and the staff really make you feel like part of the team. It’s good to know you’re helping make a difference to families going through the toughest times imaginable, and I’d encourage everyone to give their time to support the hospice in whatever way they can.”