Hospice puts out appeal for volunteers

A HOSPICE is appealing for more volunteers to help support patients.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s North Tyneside Community Day Hospice is a nurse-led service providing care and support to patients living with cancer and life-limiting illnesses and their carers.

Patients receive psychological and emotional support at the centre which runs twice a week at Sir GB Hunter Hospital in Wallsend.

Volunteers help deliver a range of therapies including complementary, music and art.

Fiona Stoddart, day hospice sister, said: “We provide care to patients in friendly, relaxed surroundings.

“We understand how important it is for patients to meet and share their experiences and they benefit greatly from attending the hospice.

“We offer a range of therapies and activities to allow patients to explore both their psychological and emotional needs and we would like to extend that further.

“People with skills in art, music, communication and exercise would be ideal to join us.”

The trust is also looking for volunteer drivers and escorts to take patients to and from the hospice, which operates on a Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 3.30pm, in a minibus.

Full training will be given for all volunteer positions and the hours will be flexible.

For more information and to register an interest contact (0191) 220 5949.