Local MP Sajid Javid visits Primrose to celebrate Volunteers Week 2015

On Friday 5th June, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and local MP Sajid Javid came into Primrose Hospice to personally thank some of the 400 plus volunteers, whose time and skills are invaluable to the hospice.

The visit came at the climax of nation-wide Volunteer’s Week, a week to celebrate the role of volunteers across the country. The Rt Hon Mr Javid addressed the volunteers meeting, where volunteers explained their roles across Primrose and their length of service – the longest serving volunteer having given a whopping 21 years’ service to the hospice!

Volunteers take on a range of essential roles across Primrose, which includes: supporting patients in the day hospice, patient drivers, offering counselling and complimentary therapies, administration and reception roles, gardening, working in our six charity shops, and singing in the Primrose Choir, amongst many others.

Without the help of its volunteers, Primrose Hospice would be unable to continue providing its services for free. The hospice receives just 20% funding from the NHS, and relies on raising over £1.6 million per year in fundraising. The time and skills given by our volunteers enable the hospice to provide a range of services to support patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families, which otherwise we would not be able to provide for free.

Mr Javid also took the time to pose with Primrose celebrity and its smallest and cutest volunteer – Trevor the dog. Trevor, who befriends patients in Primrose’s Coppice Centre, has become a social media sensation with his weekly feature #TrevorTuesdays. To follow this weekly feature, and other news about the hospice, search ‘Primrose Hospice’ on Facebook and hit ‘like’, or follow @PrimroseHospice on Twitter.

For more information about how you can volunteer for Primrose, please contact Jo Merrett on 01527 871051 or email Jo.Merrett@hacw.nhs.uk. You can also visit www.primrosehospice.org/volunteering.