Thank you to our invaluable volunteers!

We rely on the support of volunteers and are taking the chance during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) to reflect on some of the incredible ways people get involved and make a difference to the hospices and the children, adults and families they care for.

Both our hospices depend on hundreds of volunteers, who help in the hospices, in their charity shops, and at fundraising events across the county. Every year, volunteers collectively donate over 100,000 hours of their time, adding over £1 million worth of value to the services that St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House provide.

Maggie’s story

Maggie has volunteered for the hospices for over 10 years and has raised over £100,000 with a St Barnabas House friends’ group, Northbrook Friends. “I retired in 2010 and found that I had some time to fill,” says Maggie. “I started to volunteer at the hospices, and I haven’t looked back since!”

Maggie started volunteering at the hospices for a few hours a week in the Fundraising Team, but soon she found her love for volunteering and set up a Friends Group with her sister-in-law, Jane. “As soon as we started the Friends Group I knew that I was really good at it,” laughs Maggie. “I was brimming with ideas to fundraise. From quiz nights to Christmas Fayres, Northbrook Friends have now helped to raise over £100,000 for the hospices. It’s so rewarding knowing that I am helping raise funds for such a worthy cause. St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House are such an important part of our community, and I know that every penny raised will help local people and their families.”


When asked what she would say to someone who was thinking of volunteering for the hospices:

Maggie volunteering at St Barnabas

Maggie says:

“Do it! Volunteering is such a rewarding way to spend your time. I’ve done all sorts and met lots of new people that have become life-long friends.”

Explaining the importance of volunteers to St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House, Wendy Bardsley, Head of Voluntary Services says: “There is no greater gift someone can give to another person than time. Every day we have is precious and that so many volunteers choose to donate their time to help others through our volunteering opportunities is something that we cherish at the hospices.

“I hope that Maggie, and every volunteer, knows how much we value their commitment to the work we do together, helping people every day. There are lots of ways you can get involved and show your support for children, adults, and their families in your local community.”

Find out more, and see what volunteering opportunities we have available