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Caring for Local People with Life-limiting Illnesses

Blythe House Hospicecare service caring for local people with life-limiting
illnesses is looking for new volunteers .  

A High Peak hospice volunteer service described as ‘gentle, invaluable and amazing’ is seeking local people who would like to support patients in the comfort of their own home. 

Blythe House Hospicecare’s community volunteer programme provides practical and emotional support in the homes of local patients who have life-limiting illnesses including cancer, COPD, heart failure and neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease. 

After completing comprehensive training, community volunteers are able to provide help and support to patients and their families including respite breaks, companionship, light household chores and gardening. The current team of 22 volunteers donated over 400 hours of support between October and December 2019.  

Alison Dronfield-Boyd from Buxton became a community volunteer in June last year after retiring early. She has been offering help to a local patient who has motor neurone disease, and said: ‘I support with a variety of things including improving accessibility to make life easier, for example, moving items in the kitchen to a lower level. I have ironed clothes, as this is something that the individual can no longer carry out. I have also walked the dog and carried out gardening tasks. The main thing during all this is the companionship; we chat and enjoy each other’s company. ‘The community volunteer programme is a massive support to people who need it and is extremely personally rewarding. It’s the best thing I have ever done with my time; I would say that even the smallest amount of time that can be provided is very much appreciated.’

To find out more about community volunteering at Blythe House, including a new training programme due to get underway next month: ​

Email:  volunteering@blythehouse.co.uk

Call: Vicci Wild or Julie Forrest on 01298 816 990 

blythehousehospice.org.uk/volunteer-for-us/community-volunteer-project/

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