Volunteers needed at day hospice

Saint Catherine's Day Hospice, Whitby
Saint Catherine's Day Hospice, Whitby

Whitby Day Hospice has issued an urgent plea for help as it finds itself desperately short of volunteer workers.

At a time when the hospice says it is overwhelmed by the fabulous fundraising support it is receiving from Whitby, the town’s day hospice remains in need of people willing to lend a hand.

The facility in Mulgrave Crescent, which is operated by Saint Catherine’s, provides both a break and specialist medical care for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

But it is in urgent need of more volunteer drivers who can take patients to the day hospice from their homes in and around Whitby.

Senior Staff Nurse Karen Sewell said they had some very loyal drivers who had supported them for years but that numbers had dropped and they now needed more to ensure that patients could access the wide range of services available.

“We’re desperate, really desperate,” she added.

The appeal comes at a time when people in the town have rallied behind the hospice in great numbers, supporting the fundraising efforts of local man Kevin Graham.

Kevin, 47, organised a campaign to generate cash for Saint Catherine’s after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Ms Sewell said that the hospice was overwhelmed by the support of Whitby people.

She added:“So many people have been so generous. “It’s thanks to them that we can run services like the day hospice and we want to do everything we can to ensure that as many Whitby patients as possible can benefit.”