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Hospice Volunteers 800+ Support Visits

Volunteers at Blythe House Hospicecare in the High Peak have provided over 800 support visits to local people who are elderly, vulnerable or isolated during the coronavirus outbreak.  

The Community Volunteer team has been on hand to help with tasks including shopping, prescription collections, transport to medical appointments, telephone companionship and pet walking, over the last three months. 

Dedicated volunteers have also collected personal protective equipment, kindly donated by local individuals and businesses, for the hospice’s nurses and healthcare assistants to continue providing palliative and end of life care safely. 

The Community Volunteer programme provides support and companionship to Blythe House patients, who are affected by life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and neurological conditions like motor neurone disease. 

Following the lockdown announcement in March, the team offered to help anyone across the local community, who needed extra support during the unprecedented circumstances. 

Volunteers helped to spread the word about the service by giving their time, in-line with Government exercise restrictions, to post over 5,000 Here to Help leaflets in more than 300 residential streets and 65 essential shops.   

Vicci Wild and Julie Forrest have taken the huge task of coordinating the volunteer efforts across the High Peak, including in Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Combs, Dove Holes, Furness Vale, Hayfield, Longnor, New Mills, Quarnford, Tunstead Milton and Whaley Bridge. 

Read more about the hospice’s services during the coronavirus pandemic: blythehousehospice.org.uk/keeping-you-safe-information-on-coronavirus/  

Find out more about the Community Volunteer team, including how to volunteer: blythehousehospice.org.uk/community-volunteer-programme/

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