Leeds hospice’s volunteer appeal

Wheatfields Hospice.
Wheatfields Hospice.
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Bosses of a charity that provides care for people in Leeds with life-shortening illnesses are appealing for volunteers.

Sue Ryder, which runs the city’s Wheatfield Hospice, is searching for new volunteers who can spare their time to help raise awareness and funds for the charity.

The hospice, based in Grove Road, Headingley, provides care to people living in north west, west and south Leeds and its nurses carry out thousands of home visits every year.

Roohi Lupton, senior hospice fundraiser at Wheatfields, said: “It is so important for us to raise awareness about the work that we do in communities across Leeds.

“Leeds is quiet a big city, but we only have a small fundraising team, so we rely heavily upon volunteers to help us deliver our messages and raise awareness.”

A number of volunteer roles are available at the hospice, including fundraising assistants, corporate researchers and school ambassadors.

Peter Bickerdike, who started volunteering at Wheatfields in 2015, works one day-a-week to help coordinate the hospice’s collection tins across the city.

He said: “I decided to become a volunteer at Wheatfields once I had taken early retirement as a teacher.

“Wheatfields is a special place providing support, encouragement and dignity for patients and their families.

“Having personally experienced the difference that Wheatfields has made towards my family and friends, I value this opportunity to give something back to my community and support the vital work of the fundraising team.”

For more information about volunteering with the charity, or to arrange an informal meeting, contact the fundraising team on 0113 2033360, or email roohi.lupton@suerydercare.org