Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice will quite literally be showcasing its fabulous volunteer workforce during National Volunteers Week (June 1-7)...in a shop window!

Its charity shop volunteers will feature in a living window display at the hospice’s store on King Street in Sheffield city centre on Friday 7 June.

Passers-by will be able to watch them carrying out their day-to-day duties - sifting through donated goods, pricing items and folding clothes ready to display on the shop floor.

The aim is to encourage shoppers to come into the shop to find out how to join the North Anston hospice’s loyal team of 554 volunteers.

The chance to ‘model’ in the shop window - from 11am to 3pm -  also gives volunteers a well-deserved spot in the limelight.

The hospice will also be celebrating its incredible volunteers in all nine of its charity shops across the region.

“We simply couldn’t care for our children and families without our wonderful volunteers,” said Terry Lowell, Hospice Volunteer Co-ordinator. “They deserve our gratitude every single day, not only during National Volunteers Week.

“They work thousands of hours for us, all unpaid, which saves our organisation vast sums and supports our staff.”

Last year, hospice shop volunteers gave around 44,798 hours of their time, which, at last year’s National Living Wage hourly rate of £7.83 is the equivalent of a donation of £350,758 to Bluebell Wood.

Volunteers’ hours in the hospice added up to 12,428 - the equivalent of £97,311 - and was spent preparing meals in the kitchens, taking calls on reception and helping out in their sibling support group. Meanwhile, 270 volunteers helped at fundraising events out in the community.

On June 7 the Barlborough offices of BT will be sending a group of employees to feature in the window display, and the shop will have a tea party theme for the day.

“We hope people will come in and have some light refreshments with us and find out how valuable a few hours of their time would be to us and what fun we have together as we support the hospice,” said Sunny Alison, Head of Retail.

National Volunteers Week, June 1-7, celebrates the UK’s volunteers and enables organisations to thank them for the contributions they make.

To find out more about volunteering with Bluebell Wood in any of their charity shops or at the hospice, contact Terry Lowell by visiting www.bluebellwood.org/volunteer or call 01909 517 360.