To all our valued hospice volunteers...

To mark this year’s Volunteers’ Week, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate everything you do for St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the time, energy and compassion you give to the hospice throughout the year. It really does mean so much to our staff, our patients and their families.

We hope you and your families are keeping well and staying safe at this time and we are really looking forward to a time when we can see you all again.

Stay safe and take good care of yourselves.

Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Hospice

  • Long Service Awards

    Congratulations to all those volunteers who have received long service awards this year.

    We have sent long service badges out in the post to all those volunteers who have reached a milestone this year.

    Thank you all so much for your continued commitment and dedication to the hospice.

  • Thank You Cards

    We recognise that it is a really tough time for our volunteers at the moment, with many isolated at home, and so we have sent you all a special thank you card in the post let you know that we're thinking of you and look forward to when you can return to the hospice.

  • Volunteers' Evening

    Sadly, we have had to cancel this year's Volunteers' Evening due to the current restrictions on social distancing.

    We know that you all really look forward to this annual celebration event but it is vital that, in these uncertain times, we do everything we can to protect you as well as our staff, patients and our local community.

    This event will be back with a bang next year and, in the meantime, we will be using this year's Volunteers' Week to say say lots of very important thank yous.

  • Coronavirus Support

    We are still here for you and if any of our volunteers would like to speak to someone at the hospice, even just for a friendly chat, we would love to hear from you.

    Our volunteer co-ordinator, Helen Pattie, is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can contact her on 0151 932 6043 or 07714 737 779 or by emailing

    We have also compiled this information sheet containing useful telephone numbers and online links, including some great tips on looking after your health and wellbeing.

  • Meet a few of our volunteers...

  • Diane Donaldson

    A volunteer at Crosby Shop since 2005

    Diane received her 15 year long service award this Volunteers' Week.

    Why did you start volunteering for the hospice?

    My first thought was that it would be a good idea to help the hospice by giving my time one day a week and I found out that it’s a great way to make friends with the other volunteers and it helped me personally to improve my own lifestyle.

    What's it like being a shop volunteer?

    The Crosby shop is lovely. The manager Tracy is wonderful and the lady I work with, Elaine, has become a good friend.

    Are you mssing volunteering at the moment?

    Yea, I am really looking forward to going back to the shop after this dreadful virus has been defeated.

  • Rob Chalk

    A volunteer gardener since 2009

    Tell us about your role?

    It is a lovely place to work with a mixture of formal gardens set in a woodland setting. It mainly involves tidying the site, mowing lawns, tending to the borders and drinking coffee.

    Why did you decide to volunteer for the hospice?

    After working continually for 45 years, I retired aged 60 and really enjoyed doing all the usual activities of holidaying, diy, grandparent duties, walking and hanging round garden centres and shopping complexes.

    Eventually, I realised that I still had plenty of spare time and decided to do some voluntary work and, as I always considered gardening to be a pleasure and not a chore, I noted that St Joseph’s Hospice didn’t employ anyone to look after the gardens so here I am in what I consider to be my outside gym.

    What do you most enjoy about your volunteer role?

    It’s nice to have the interaction with other volunteers and full time staff and it’s particularly gratifying when residents and their visitors express their thanks for our efforts.

    To sum it up, what could be better than working outside in the fresh air, in amongst nature and keeping fit at the same time? Plus, it only takes a few hours per week.

  • Keith Waring

    Catering volunteer since January 2019

    What inspired you to start volunteering?

    I was lucky enough to retires a few years ago and volunteering seemed to be the best way of keeping active and getting out of the house.

    What are you looking forward to when you can get back volunteering?

    Two things; the banter with the others in the kitchen and the carers and, also, it is good exercise lifting the heavy pans!

    What you get out of volunteering at the hospice?

    My father was in the hospice in 2004 and was treated brilliantly. I was allowed to spend a lot of time with him as I could work remotely, so that time was precious. The opportunity to give something back was more than welcome.