Jarrow hospice says ‘thank you’ to volunteers

The Mayor and Mayoress, Richard and Patricia Porthouse, with long- serving volunteers at St Clare's Hospice tea party.
The Mayor and Mayoress, Richard and Patricia Porthouse, with long- serving volunteers at St Clare's Hospice tea party.
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Volunteers at a South Tyneside hospice have been treated to a party as a ‘thank you’ for their hard work.

St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow hosted the event yesterday as part of Volunteers Week 2015.

St Clare’s Hospice is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and passionate volunteers.

David Hall, St Clare’s chief executive

The national campaign is running all week to celebrate the work of kind-hearted individuals who give up their time to help charities.

St Clare’s chief executive David Hall said: “St Clare’s Hospice is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and passionate volunteers.

“The hospice simply could not function without its volunteers who support us in many departments within the hospice including day care, reception, fundraising, retail and board members.

“Therefore it’s so important to show our appreciation and let our volunteers know how grateful we are and say a huge ‘thank you’.”

St Clare’s, in Primrose Terrace, provides palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses.

The organisation has more than 300 volunteers, with some receiving certificates to mark up to 20 years service.

Sue Clouston, from South Shields, has been volunteering for 20 years.

She first got involved after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 64-year-old said: “I didn’t want to go to day care because of the misconception that people only go to a hospice to die, but so much more than that goes on.

“The services which they offer to the community are amazing.”