Children’s hospice on the hunt for new volunteers

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is on the lookout for volunteers in the Barnsley area to join their team.

The charity, based in North Anston, is currently looking for a team of friendly volunteers in the area. On Tuesday 13th October, Bluebell Wood will be in Barnsley Town Centre talking to local shoppers and passers-by   about the benefits of offering a helping hand at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The charity will also be holding a volunteer recruitment evening on Monday 26th October at Voluntary Action Barnsley (The Core, County Way, Barnsley S70 2JW) from 7pm – 9pm for anyone who would like to join their dedicated volunteer team.

Volunteers can help in any way that matches their skills, interests and time. This could include helping at a stall or bucket collection, joining a fundraising group, helping in one of the ten Bluebell Wood shops in the area or helping at one of the many events lined up in aid of Bluebell Wood.

It takes more than £3m a year to keep the hospice’s doors open, which cares for over 200 children and families a year, both in the North Anston hospice and in the community. This couldn’t be raised without the help of so many volunteers. Currently more than 25 families supported by Bluebell Wood come from Barnsley and the surrounding areas.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice supports children with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions, and their families. The charity cares for children across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.

Terry Lowell, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re so grateful to all our volunteers. They put in lots of time, effort and dedication to help us raise vital funds.

“We are here to advise, motivate and ensure they get all the support they need to help us to provide support to our children facing incredibly tough times. Our current volunteers tell us that they get a lot from volunteering too, from making new friends to learning new skills. We match volunteering opportunities to everybody’s individual needs and as a local charity, they can see the real difference they make.

If you could spare a little time please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Terry Lowell, who would be happy to talk to you about the current events in which you could help out at.

“We’d love to see people both on October 13th and on October 26th  – if this sounds like it’s of interest to you, come along on the day or get in touch with myself or Anna,” said Terry.

To contact Terry, email terry.lowell@bluebellwood.org or call 01909 517360. Anna can be reached on 01909 517109 or email anna.gott@bluebellwood.org.

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