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New volunteers sign up to help at Manorlands Hospice
People came forward to volunteer for Manorlands Hospice during an open day and tea party.
The hospice staged the event to reach out to the community and demonstrate some of the diverse services it offers. The occasion was also held to coincide with this year’s Hospice Week.
Commenting on Friday’s event, Manorlands head of clinical care, Sarah Bottomley, said: “We wanted to engage with more people and show them what we do here, as well as break down some of the myths and stereotypes of a hospice.
“We laid on some tea and cake to make it more relaxed. We didn’t have a huge number of people through the doors, unfortunately. But we did have had some people wanting to be volunteers, which is very positive.
“We also had two members of staff from a male health clinic come to see us, a couple of members of the public who were interested in Manorlands and also a student nurse.”
Mrs Bottomley added: “The services we have here are not all based around death and dying – there’s a lot of life in this hospice.
“We previously had one of these open days about two-and-a-half years ago, which was when we’d had a refurbishment.
“We hope to do this again, and we may make it a bit more structured by inviting along some more health professionals.”