A CHARITY which provides hospice care for terminally ill patients is calling on the public to help expand its services.
St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice hopes to set up a new bereavement group for families in Stamford and Bourne to help them deal with their grief.
To achieve its goals the charity needs to find a venue and a team of volunteers to run the group, as well as extra funds to keep the service running.
Family support worker Sue Kime said: “Most of us at some time in our lives will be faced with the death of someone we care deeply about.
“The purpose of these groups will be to enable bereaved people to meet with each other in a safe and comfortable place with trained, experienced help at hand.”
The St Barnabas charity shop in Bourne, which opened last September, has helped to raise vital funds for the charity but manager Christine Beardwood and her volunteers are calling for more donations of clothes and bric a brac.
Newly-appointed events fundraiser, Andy Deighton, is also working hard to raise enough money to boost the charity’s local services.
He hopes to visit towns and villages in the area to promote the work of St Barnabas and create a new fundraising team.
Mr Deighton said: “I’m looking for community venues and people to meet to chat about what we are now doing in South Kesteven.
“As for fundraising, I have a fistful of ideas but I’m always happy to be outdone by others.”
Last year St Barnabas cared for 2,000 patients in Lincolnshire through its hospices and in people’s homes.
Anyone interested in supporting the new bereavement group or helping to raise money for St Barnabas can contact Andy Deighton on 01476 591010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org