1st – 7th June 2015 marked Volunteers Week, an annual event which encourages charities throughout the UK to celebrate their volunteers and thank them for their dedicated time.
Weston Hospicecare currently has over 700 volunteers who help out in a variety of departments including clinical, marketing, fundraising and the retail enterprise.
The local charity invited their volunteers to attend an afternoon tea at the Commodore Hotel in Kewstoke on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June.
Guests were greeted by the Volunteer & Training Team who organise the annual afternoon tea. The volunteers were thanked by both Maria Beaton, Volunteer and Training Manager, and the Hospice’s Chief Exec Gill Auden, who both expressed how crucial the volunteers are to the running of the charity.
Prestigious awards were presented to long service providers, including one volunteer who has been dedicating time to Weston Hospicecare for 25 years.
The dining area at the hotel was filled with beautiful decorations, and guests enjoyed delicious home baked scones by Iris Oxley from Hutton Garden Centre’s Waterfall Café – with cream provided by Yeo Valley and strawberry jam gifted by Lidl.
The volunteers were joined on both days by guest speakers. The Mayor and Mayoress of Weston-super-Mare attended the Monday afternoon event, whilst newly elected Chair of Trustees, Judi Driscoll – who is a volunteer herself – sat down to tea on the Tuesday.
The sunny afternoons also included a prize draw – filled with luxurious wines and chocolates – for the attendees who all left in very high spirits.
Maria spoke on the success of the event saying: “We hold this afternoon tea each year, during Volunteers Week, to give thanks to those who keep Weston Hospicecare running successfully. Our Volunteers save us around £1 million each year, which means that these costs can instead go straight towards patient care at the Hospice.”
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the event possible, and to all of our past and present volunteers for dedicating their cherished free time.”
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