Hospice volunteer group wins regional award

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The Havens Hospices Helping Hands team with Len Hobbs, far left

A group of volunteers who help fundraise for Havens Hospices in Essex have received the Volunteer of the Year award at this year’s Institute of Fundraising East Anglia Awards.

The award recognises the hard work of Havens Hospices Helping Hands, a group formed by local volunteers to help raise funds for the charity, which runs Fair Havens Hospice for adults, Little Havens for children and babies, and the J’s Hospice for young adults.

When the group first formed in 2016, they gave themselves a fundraising target of £30,000. Two years after forming they had exceeded that target by over £30,000. They 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.

Today the group has 14 regular volunteers of a variety of ages. Throughout the year they carry out bucket collections in local supermarkets and pubs, and the group also offers support to the hospice’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.

Commenting on receiving the award, Lorraine Jibb, Chair of Helping Hands, said:

“We are 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 would like to thank everyone 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 – like all of the founding members he really enjoyed what he was doing and loved the charity he was doing it for. I would 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”

Sally Bridger, Community Fundraiser said:

“We have to raise over £100,000 every week to run all our services across Essex and so to have volunteers who are fundraising at every opportunity is invaluable and that is what the Helping Hands are to the fundraising department at Havens Hospices. They accept any challenge and always strive to offer a variety of fun that is suitable for all ages – it would be easy to turn up to events with a collection bucket and a few prizes, but the Helping Hands always turn up with a huge variety of activities and prizes that they’ve sourced from different businesses as donations.”

For more information visit Havens Hospices