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Volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice team. The services which Katharine House Hospice offers are provided by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who work together for a common purpose.

We believe that our greatest asset is our staff resource, paid and voluntary and volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice team. 

Due to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers we were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2010. The award is the highest accolade for volunteer groups in the UK and celebrates the difference they make in the community. We were especially proud of our volunteers as they were nominated for the award by a Hospice patient. 

Volunteers represent a vital component of the Hospice service. For patients and families, they bring a personal touch and for the Hospice, volunteers bring a diverse range of skills and life experiences. 

We are fortunate in that our volunteers do stay with us over the years and almost always express some sadness when they leave. Many volunteers find that their lives are enriched by the experience - as indicated in the following extracts from letters we’ve received from some of our volunteers: 

“Over the years I have had such a lot of happiness from Katharine House. I have met some fantastic people in all areas, staff, fellow volunteers and by no means least, the patients.” 

“Volunteering at Katharine House is one of the best things that I have ever done and it is a very special place. Thanks for giving me the chance to be part of it.” 

“I will take away far more than I could ever give back in the friendship, love and true sincerity of all the people I have met during my time spent at Katharine House.” 

People clearly do get that FEEL GOOD FACTOR from voluntary roles with Katharine House Hospice. 

Volunteers need not help on a regular basis or give a minimum amount of time. You can even help if you only have a few hours a year to spare! 

YOU can help in many ways, either within the Hospice environment or in one of our shops or court tea bars. We also need drivers to escort patients to and from the Hospice. Some volunteers try several roles before deciding. 

For more information please contact the voluntary services team on 01785 254645 or email

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service
Queens Award Photo