Local Hospice launches urgent appeal for campaign volunteers

St Barnabas has launched an urgent appeal for volunteers across the county to help out with their winter campaigns.

This winter, St Barnabas Hospice are urgently appealing for a range of volunteers to help out with two of their biggest campaigns – Light up a Life and the Christmas Tree-cycle.

There are a whole range of volunteering roles on offer for people right across Lincolnshire, which are great to add to your CV, do something positive for a local charity, and experience the work that the Hospice does in the county. All volunteers must be aged 16 or over. The roles on offer are:

  • Runners – St Barnabas is on the lookout for local runners to take on an extremely important role during the Lincoln Light up a Life service and Torchlight Procession on Tuesday 28th November. Their job will be to light the first torches and run approximately one mile with them from the service at Our Lady of Lincoln Church to Clayton’s Sports Ground. As it is St Barnabas’ 35th birthday year, the Hospice hopes they are able to get 35 runners to take on this role. To express an interest, please contact Ella Beale on 01522 540 300 or ella.beale@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.
  • Stewards – Help out by stewarding at the Torchlight Procession and aiding the team during the night. You will be needed from 6.30pm until approximately 9.30pm on Tuesday 28th November. This will begin at Clayton’s Sports Ground, Lee Road, Lincoln, LN2 4BH. You must be available to attend ONE of two compulsory safety briefings. You can either come to the 6pm briefing or the 8pm briefing on Monday 27th November. These will be held at the St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre, Hawthorn Road, Lincoln, LN2 4QX.To express an interest, please contact Laura Stones on 01522 559 515 or email laura.stones@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.
  • Chippers – Do you own a chipper? Why not volunteer some time to the St Barnabas Tree-cycle campaign and help by chipping donated Christmas trees once they have been collected. For ease, all the trees will be brought to you. This will happen on 6th – 8th January 2018. To express an interest, please contact laura.stones@stbarnabashospice.co.uk for the Lincoln area, and amelia.mochan@stbarnabashospice.co.uk for the Grantham and Stamford area. Both fundraisers are also available on 01522 540 300.
  • Van drivers & assistants – If you own a van that you would be willing to use for the Tree-cycle campaign, please get in contact with St Barnabas. Your time would be required between 6th – 8th January 2018 in either the Lincoln area, or the Grantham and Stamford area. Ideally, you would be able to provide a van, van driver and van assistant. This role involves travelling to people’s houses, collecting their Christmas trees, and depositing them at the chipping yard. To express an interest, please contact laura.stones@stbarnabashospice.co.uk for the Lincoln area, and amelia.mochan@stbarnabashospice.co.uk for the Grantham and Stamford area. Both fundraisers are also available on 01522 540 300.
  • Leaflet distributors – If you want to help out with the Tree-cycle campaign but don’t own a vehicle, you might be interested in becoming a leaflet distributor for a few hours. St Barnabas needs people to deliver leaflets in their local areas throughout December to promote the Tree-cycle campaign. You can take on as many or few areas as you wish. It’s a great way to stay active and get some fresh air during the festive season. To express an interest, please contact laura.stones@stbarnabashospice.co.uk for the Lincoln area, and amelia.mochan@stbarnabashospice.co.uk for the Grantham and Stamford area. Both fundraisers are also available on 01522 540 300.

Laura Stones, Events Fundraiser in the North of Lincolnshire, said:

“We have over 1,100 volunteers in various roles at St Barnabas, and the amazing work they do really helps the Hospice to continue supporting patients with life-limiting or terminal illnesses, and their family and carers, across Lincolnshire.

“This is a great opportunity for others to join the team, even if it’s just temporarily, and help the Hospice to raise some much needed money.

“Whether you want to add to your CV, do a random act of kindness, or simply just find out more about what a hospice is, we encourage everyone curious about these roles to give us a call and find out more.

Amelia Mochan, Events Fundraiser in the South of Lincolnshire, said:

“Last year our Tree-cycle campaign only covered Lincoln and the surrounding villages, but due to its success, we have decided this year to expand it into Grantham and Stamford. It would be lovely if we had enough volunteers in this area to make it a success, as it means we will be able to carry it on going forward and maybe even expand into more locations.”

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