Two older male volunteers laughing

What’s it like to volunteer?

Read some of our volunteer stories and discover the benefits of volunteering for charity.

What’s it really like to be a hospice volunteer?

Your help as a volunteer is vital to our work. But don’t take just our word for it – here are some of our volunteers’ stories.

Mark’s story

Mark has taken part in many events for us, and volunteered countless times. He has ran or cheered at the Brighton Marathon for many years in particular.

“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 – until I met the amazing people at St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House.

“I did two half marathons and the support was amazing both before and after. Not once did you ever feel like it was just about the money.

“As a volunteer you are as much a part of the day as the runners.”

Mark at the half marathon

You always have a great enjoyable day and the spirit amongst the volunteers is brilliant.

Mike’s Story

Mike has been a Community Companion for two years. Companions support patients who may feel isolated or find some tasks difficult to complete on their own.

Talking about his role Mike said: “It gives me the opportunity to spend someone to one time with patients. It’s also great to take people out, some of these patients are unable to get out of their houses for themselves. So to take them for a coffee is a big benefit for them but also it’s a big benefit for me because you really feel like you are making a difference in their lives.”

Community companion at the hospice

I feel privileged to do the role, and being a Community Companion is amazing.

Mike, Community Companion

Become a Community Companion

Being a Community Companion

Mike shares why he wanted to volunteer and what he enjoys about it.