Katharine House Hospice Requires Volunteer Drivers

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Katharine House Hospice is looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping provide transport for patients attending their Day Therapies Unit.

The Hospice requires drivers to collect patients from their home and take them to the hospice situated on Weston Road, Stafford or to the Lymphoedema Clinic, also on Weston Road. Volunteers can either drive their own vehicles (for which mileage expenses will be covered) or the hospice minibuses for transporting less mobile patients (full training will be given in this case).

Drivers make a huge difference to the lives of patients by kindly donating their time. Without the help of volunteers, many patients would not be able to attend vital free care sessions at Katharine House.

Bev Wheat, Head of Human Resources at Katharine House Hospice said

“We really need more drivers to help us transport our patients. Because the role of driving is at the heart of the organisation it is essential that the rotas are always comprehensively covered, so we would be delighted to hear from anyone who thinks they can help. Driving for Katharine House is a very rewarding role which everyone on the existing driving team enjoys”.

Katharine House Hospice relies on an army of almost 650 volunteers aged 16 to 80+ who last year kindly donated almost 56,000 hours of their time to help the Hospice.

Karen Johnson, Voluntary Services officer said

”we really could not continue to offer our vital range of free care services without the help of our wonderful volunteers. In 2010 our volunteers were presented with the Queen’s Award for voluntary service in recognition of their tireless support. Whether working in our tea bar, driving our patients, working in our shops or the hospice itself every volunteer makes a real difference to the lives of local people”.

Katharine House Hospice relies on the kindness and generosity of local people to help provide its free care services. Each year it costs £2.7m to provide these services and the hospice relies on the kindness and generosity of local people to help fund the majority of this.

If you are over 18 years of age, have a full UK driving license and would like to volunteer your time contact Karen Johnson on 01785 254645 or email her at kjohnson@khhospice.org.uk or find out more at www.khhospice.org.uk