St Giles Hospice is calling on people to help make a real difference to the lives of local patients and their families in 2020 by volunteering at one of its charity shops.
By making a New Year’s resolution to get involved at one of the charity’s 31 shops or its distribution centre in Shenstone, near Lichfield, volunteers can help the charity to reach the £10m it needs to raise each year to fund its services.
Every sale made at the hospice’s shops contributes towards hitting this total, which supports care for people living with a potentially incurable illness and their families.
Lynwen Truesdale, St Giles Head of Retail, said: “New Year is traditionally a time when people take stock of their lives and think about making meaningful changes for the year ahead, so if you would like to try something new and support the great work that St Giles does by volunteering in one of our hospice shops we’d be delighted to hear from you.
“We really could not care for so many patients and families without the generosity of all of the people who donate their free time to help us out.
“St Giles currently has around 850 dedicated shop volunteers who make a real difference by giving us as much time as they can, but this can vary and our network of shops is expanding – in 2019 we opened a new store in Burntwood.”
Lynwen added that volunteering for the retail team at St Giles Hospice offered a wide range of other roles as well as serving customers in its network of shops.
She said: “We have a dedicated eBay department, distribution centre, finance department, administration, bought goods department, bridal boutique, vintage department and an expanding furniture business.
“Whatever your interests, strengths and experiences, we have something to suit you – and volunteering offers a great way to boost job prospects by discovering new skills, gaining work experience and learning how to interact effectively with customers.”
Volunteering in the St Giles retail team was also a wonderful way to meet people and make new friends, Lynwen said.
“If you are interested in helping we have a range of shops across our catchment area, so you are never very far away from a convenient volunteering opportunity,” she added.
Anyone interested in volunteering at a St Giles Hospice shop can pop into their local shop, visit https://www.stgileshospice.com/how-you-can-help-us/charity-shops/locations/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.