Call for more volunteers to be Hospice Neighbours

A CHARITY is looking for more volunteers to help expand its service in helping people with a life-limiting illness.

St Michael’s Hospice, based in Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards, launched its new Hospice Neighbours campaign in May, which calls for people to volunteer their time by giving a few hours a week, fortnight or month on a day and time that suits them, within their local area.

Acts include helping with everyday tasks such as cooking and daily chores.

The scheme is now going to be made available right across Hastings and Rother and the hospice needs more volunteers to make this possible.

John Trafford, of Northiam, was referred to Hospice Neighbours following a two-week stay at the hospice. He said: “I had heard of St Michael’s Hospice before, but hadn’t got a clue what it would be like until I went in to stay there. All of the staff are utterly brilliant, they’d spend time with me just chatting and listening.”

After he returned home, John was paired up with Hospice Neighbour Elizabeth Pharoahs, who now visits him on a day and at a time that suits them both, quite often just to natter over a cup of tea to keep John company.

For more information on volunteering, or if you or someone you know would like to find out more about accessing the service contact Jane Cave on 01424 445177 ext 6012 or email jcave@stmichaelshospice.com.