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What's it like to be a St Barnabas House volunteer?

Discover the benefits of volunteering, what it is really like to be a hospice volunteer for St Barnabas House, and how important your help really is.


Our volunteers offer their help and time for a variety of different reasons, but they are all agreed that volunteering for the hospice is extremely worthwhile.

Geoff’s story

Geoff Vine has been a volunteer driver for five years. He is also a garden volunteer.

He said: “I love picking people up and seeing how much they appreciate coming to the Day Hospice and what a difference it makes to them.

“When you bring someone to the Day Hospice for the first time, they’re often very nervous, but when you pick them up at 3pm they’ve had a great time and always say how they’ve met nice people and been fed well!”

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Mark’s story

“We lost my Uncle to cancer, and although he never got to use St Barnabas, when it came to doing a run to raise money in his memory, they seemed the perfect choice. I had done a few runs for charity already but never really felt a part of them, well until I met the amazing people at St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House.

From day one everyone was so different, Jo invited me down to a runners’ coffee morning, We walked in and were immediately greeted by Jo who knew who I was and what I was going to attempt, immediately you notice, it’s about the people first. Well I did the 2 half marathons and the support was amazing both before and after and not once did you ever feel like it was just about the money.”

Mark then went on to volunteer at the Brighton Marathon.

“You are as much a part of the day as the runners and although you are there to help them, you always have a great enjoyable day and the spirit amongst the volunteers is brilliant. If you have ever thought of volunteering,  give it a go!”

Five years on and Mark has ran or cheered at every Brighton marathon since and one volunteering event has turned in to 20-30 a year for us! Mark has taken part in so many events for us, and volunteered countless times. Thank you so much Mark!

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