Saying ‘thank you’ to our much-missed volunteers during Volunteers’ Week

It’s Volunteers’ Week and here at John Taylor Hospice we’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our wonderful volunteers!

The week of celebrations runs across the UK from 1-7 June and is an opportunity to recognise and appreciate the enormous contribution made by volunteers.

Although John Taylor Hospice’s annual thank you party and awards ceremony is on hold for the time being, hospice teams have put together two short video messages to let volunteers know they’re sorely missed and how much staff are looking forward to the time when we can all be together again.

“As with so many things in our lives right now, the celebrations we had planned for this year’s Volunteers’ Week have had to change,” explains Mark Jones, Head of Community Engagement and Volunteering at the hospice. “But one thing that remains constant and unwavering is our appreciation and admiration for each and every one of our hospice volunteers.

“Over the last eight weeks we have been in regular contact with each of our volunteers to check in with them and ensure that they, and their families, are safe and well. The spirit of our volunteers during this time has been nothing short of remarkable and they have all done their utmost to support their local communities and keep us all safe by taking a break from their volunteering roles. We sorely miss our volunteers and cannot wait to welcome them all back.”

Penny Venables, CEO of Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospice, has also recorded a personal video message for volunteers to say ‘thank you’.

Message from CEO Penny Venables:

“I wanted to say a big hello to all of our volunteers and this week is celebrating all you do for us. I do hope you, your families and loved ones are well.

We are all living in unprecedented times currently, and rarely has a single event such as this pandemic had such global implications and affected us all so profoundly.

This has been particularly apparent to us within our volunteer services. This week we would have been celebrating the work of all of our volunteers as part of national Volunteers’ Week, and whilst I am not able to celebrate with you as usual, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all of you for everything you have done for the hospice over the last year.

Perhaps more importantly though, I would like to thank you for all you’re continuing to so keep our communities safe.

Thank you to those of you who are continue to support John Taylor Hospice’s work from home and also to those who are providing support to lonely, isolated and vulnerable people in your local area.

I appreciate how difficult it is for many of us to self-isolate for this long period of time but by doing so we’re making sure that our key workers and the most vulnerable members of our community are kept safe – so thank you. We do miss those of you we have not been able to work with over the last few weeks and I do hope that you are staying safe. Please keep in touch with us and I can’t wait to welcome you all back to the hospice so you can carry on your valuable work.”

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