31 May 2016

Volunteers’ Week: a chance to say ‘thank you’

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is making the most of a national awareness campaign toCollage of 'Thank-you's' acknowledge the incredible dedication of its 1,500 volunteers.

Volunteers’ Week runs from 1 to 12 June and is a chance for charities across the country to thank their loyal volunteers.  According to the week’s organisers, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), more than 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year.  Their contribution equates to an estimated £23.9 billion.

Volunteer Services Manager at Rennie Grove, Jane Carruthers, said: “I can well believe that astounding amount because our own volunteers save us at least £1.5 million every year.  We can never thank them enough for their support; quite simply we couldn’t run the organisation without them.  We’re delighted to have this official week in which to recognise their fantastic contribution to our cause.”

During the 12-day period, senior staff and Trustees from Rennie Grove will be visiting the charity’s 24 shops, Grove House and the organisation’s office bases in Tring and south Bucks to say thank you in person.  Staff members have also put together a video montage of colleagues thanking their voluntary counterparts and emphasising the value of their contribution with a ‘We Love Volunteers’ theme, which will also be reflected in the charity’s 24 shop windows. 

Jane added: “Volunteers help us in all areas of the charity’s work: in patient-facing roles like counselling, complementary therapies and roles relating to our Day Hospice.  More than 700 people volunteer in our retail operation: in our shops, on our ebay store, testing electrical items, driving vans to stock our shops.  And many more support us in crucial administrative roles behind the scenes, using their skills to help our finance, fundraising and HR departments run smoothly and efficiently.”

Volunteering goes far beyond the normal working week of course.  Shop volunteers ensure every Rennie Grove shop can also open on Saturdays and each year hundreds of people help out in vital roles like registration and marshalling at Rennie Grove’s mass participation events, as well as supporting the fundraising workforce to cover as many local fetes and fairs as possible. 

“On average there is probably a potential source of fundraising income every weekend of the year,” calculated Jane.  “If it weren’t for the support of our volunteers, there is no way we could maximise this potential and raise the £7.2 million we need each year to fund our patient care and reach the families who need us.”

Look out for Rennie Grove’s video montage at here and join the staff and Trustees in saying a sincere and heartfelt ‘thank you’ on social media: www.facebook.com/RennieGroveHospiceCare and @RennieGrove.

Rennie Grove is also hosting its annual ‘thank you’ events for the charity’s volunteers later in the summer – this year at new venues in Herts and Bucks.   

If you’d like to volunteer for Rennie Grove, visit www.renniegrove.org/volunteer for details of current vacancies or get in touch on 01442 890222 or volunteer@renniegrove.org to enquire about how you can help.