A LOCAL volunteer group who help fundraise for a local hospice group has been recognised for their dedication and hard work at this year’s Institute of Fundraising East Anglia Awards
The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to the Havens Hospices Helping Hands by the Institute of Fundraising at their regional conference on Monday 12th November.
It was awarded to the volunteer or volunteer group who by their hard work, dedication and example has made a difference to the charity which they have volunteered.
The Havens Hospices Helping Hands was set up in 2016 by members of the local community. The team are a variety of ages but show a love and respect for hospice care and a wish to share this with their local community. Helping Hands has grown to 14 regular volunteers.
Lorraine Jibb, Chair of Helping Hands said “We’re honoured to have won this award; it really is a lovely surprise. When we started there were only a few of us, but we all believed in the cause and all wanted to help them as much as possible.
“I’d like to thank every-one in the Helping Hands for all of your dedication and hard work and for always being so much fun to volunteer with.
“I would like to pay special tribute to one of our founding members, Len Hobbs, who sadly died in October.
“He was always on hand to help at every event we went to and never complained.
“Helping Hands is all about working as a team and Len was definitely a team player.
“I’d like to say thank you to Len for everything he did with us, he was a pleasure to volunteer with and always kept us laughing and we all really miss him. “
When the group first formed they gave themselves a fundraising target of £30,000 for the charity, which cares for adults, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses across Essex.
In August 2018, two years after being set up the group had exceeded that target by over £30,000.
The group have now set themselves an additional target to raise £57,000 by June 2020 to fund the Complementary Therapy room at the new Fair Havens Hospice.
The group tirelessly fundraise throughout the year carrying out regular bucket collections in local supermarkets, pubs and anywhere that will have them. The group also offer support to the charity’s fundraising team by being an extra pair of hands at third party events which can mean giving up nearly every weekend over the summer without getting anything back in return.
However, they always demonstrate an incredible passion and enthusiasm for it despite the early starts, the long days standing up in every kind of weather.
If you’ve been inspired by the Helping Hands and want to find out more about the diverse range of volunteering roles based at the hospices, in the fundraising department and at the charity’s shops.
For more info on volunteering visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/volunteerinor call 01702 426237.