A handful of help from choir as Thorpe Hall calls for volunteers

Kirsty Clipston (centre) with  Jane Aldous, Sue Ward, Andrew Clingo and Joanne Clingo from  Handful of Harmonies and  Susan Shackleton and Kayleigh Robinson fron Sue Ryder at cheque pres. at Sue Ryder Care, Thorpe  Hall EMN-150128-171208009
Kirsty Clipston (centre) with Jane Aldous, Sue Ward, Andrew Clingo and Joanne Clingo from Handful of Harmonies and Susan Shackleton and Kayleigh Robinson fron Sue Ryder at cheque pres. at Sue Ryder Care, Thorpe Hall EMN-150128-171208009
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A hospice which relies on a dedicated team of volunteers is looking to recruit more volunteers for 2015 to help continue its delivery of ‘incredible care’.

Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Longthorpe, Peterborough is calling for local people from Stamford and Bourne to get involved in helping to provide services both at the hospice, in its retail shops and within the community.

The hospice which is currently taking its first steps towards its future with a new in patient unit opening this year, needs more volunteers to help deliver a service of care to its patients.

An open day is being held this Saturday for anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering at the hospice. Anyone is invited to drop in between 11am and 2pm to talk to the staff about how they can get involved.

Latest figures show there are around 200 volunteers signed up to help the work of Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice. Between them they provide an average of 912 hours of help every week. That equates to just over £101,047 of unpaid work every three months.

Kelly Thompson-Moore is the hospice’s volunteer co-ordinator. She said: “We couldn’t do what we do if we didn’t have an army of volunteers who selflessly give up their time for nothing to help.”

Volunteers have to be aged 18 or over to work on the wards at Thorpe Hall but under 18s are welcome to help in the day service centre, the gardens and kitchens, at events or in the retail shops.

Alongside its appeal for volunteers the hospice also relies on generous donations. Local singing group, A Handful of Harmonies recently handed over a cheque of over £9,000 to the Thorpe Hall Hospice, to go towards its 6m appeal.

The choir, made up of women from Langtoft, Bourne, Market Deeping, Stamford, Peterborough, Oundle and Spalding, presented the cheque to the hospice on Wednesday.

The group, led by Music Director, Andrew Clingo, staged a successful event at Christmas titled Music at the Manor, with over 350 people attending the evening of music. A Handful of Harmonies chose Thorpe Hall as the beneficiary of the event due to the ‘amazing care’ it provides.

Kirsty Clipston, who is the new community fundraiser for Thorpe Hall in Stamford and Bourne, is appealing to the local community to come and get on board.

She said: “We really need more people to get involved with the hospice. Even holding small events such as a cake sale of a coffee morning helps.

“I’m here to support people within the area who want to get involved by putting on an event or holding a talk for Sue Ryder. I’d love to get more groups and clubs involved with the hospice and I’m here to help them do that.”

With the recent success stories of fundraising coming from across the area, Kirsty wants everyone to be ‘inspired’ by what they can achieve.

She said: “Fundraisers such as James Duell who raised an amazing amount for Thorpe Hall in memory of his mum, have been incredible support. I know that lots of people made donations to James after seeing the story in the Mercury, so it just goes to show people are generous.”

To get in touch with Kirsty about fundraising opportunities you can e-mail her on kirsty.clipston@suerydercare.org or telephone 07891 124962 or 01733 225994.