St Margaret’s Hospice urgently appeals for volunteers to help with fundraising events

St Margaret’s Hospice is urgently appealing for volunteers to help with their fundraising events this year.

The hospice is looking for people with great interpersonal skills, lots of enthusiasm, who are reliable and responsible, and ready to help out with fundraising activities and events.

St Margaret’s Hospice is a local charity, and every year it relies on the support of the local community to raise funds to provide care and support for more than 5,000 people throughout Somerset. One in three local people will be touched by St Margaret’s in their lifetime and the care and support it provides makes a huge difference to people’s lives.

There are lots of roles to choose from at the hospice events, including:

  • Serving teas and coffees
  • Stewarding or marshalling
  • Sourcing prizes for raffles and auctions
  • Setting up or packing down before and after an event
  • Selling merchandise or raffle tickets at events
  • Promoting fundraising events in your local area by delivering posters, leaflets and newsletters to local shops, community noticeboards, libraries, village halls or GP surgeries
  • Providing admin support, from stuffing envelopes to making follow up phone calls

Kerry Baillie, Community Partnerships Fundraiser for St Margaret’s, said: “Volunteers are an essential part of fundraising here at St Margaret’s, helping us raise vital funds to allow the hospice services to be freely available to the community of Somerset.

“We are grateful for your help and there are lots of opportunities to get involved in; whether it be manning a stall at one of our hospice led events, representing the hospice out and about at community events or at a supermarket bucket collection, or even if you just have a few hours a month to spare displaying posters in your local area – your support really does help. There is never a dull moment and at St Margaret’s Hospice Care - we do our best to put the fun into fundraising!”

All volunteers will be provided with a full induction from St Margaret’s and will receive regular updates from the team to keep them motivated and inspired. Training will also be provided for all volunteers to help them deliver their role.

Kara Frampton, Area Manager for Community Partnerships at St Margaret’s, said: “‘Whatever amount of time you can commit, whether that’s an hour a year or 5 hours a week, rest assured you will be contributing to support our patients and their families.

“We have a very small fundraising team, so having volunteer support at our fundraising events and activities ensures that we can raise awareness and reach more people in Somerset who need to access our services. We are looking for volunteers who will share our passion and act as ambassadors for St Margaret’s Hospice Care.”

If you’re looking to meet some new people, gain some work experience for your CV or simply feel good about doing something that impacts on the lives of people in your neighbourhood then volunteering with the fundraising team at St Margaret’s could be what you are looking for.

Ellie Weston, Marketing and Events Officer at St Margaret’s, added: “At St Margaret’s Hospice, we depend on volunteers at our events, as they not only help us keep costs down, but they create an exciting atmosphere for our participants. Volunteering for us provides you with an opportunity to make a real difference to our patients and their families but also helps broaden your skills, knowledge, and experience.

“We will work with you to find a role you are comfortable with but if you are enthusiastic and have a passion for helping the community, we would love to welcome you to our team!”

If you’ve got some time to spare, whether that’s a few hours every now and again or something more regular, and would like to help at St Margaret's Hospice Care's events click here to get in touch.

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