Charities highlight the value of their volunteer helpers

Pippa Ions who has been volunteering in St Oswald's Morpeth charity shop since 2013.
Pippa Ions who has been volunteering in St Oswald's Morpeth charity shop since 2013.

Unpaid helpers in Northumberland have been thanked for their services in celebration of National Volunteers’ Week.

DAWN Citizens’ Advice Bureau and St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth have both paid tribute to their army of volunteers.

There are 26 volunteers at DAWN, helping to provide free, impartial advice on a range of subjects to residents in Northumberland.

Operations Manager Hayley Cherry said: “We want to say a huge thank you to our dedicated team of volunteers, they are the beating heart of the organisation. Volunteers not only give a lot, but get a lot back from the work they do with us.”

St Oswald’s has more than 1,400 people giving up their time and skills to help the charity in 120 different roles, from collection van drivers to shop window dressers and work with patients.

Hartburn resident Pippa Ions, 70, has worked in the hospice’s Morpeth charity shop since 2013.

If I’m feeling a bit disgruntled, volunteering at the shop always makes me feel better.

Pippa Ions, St Oswald’s Hospice charity shop volunteer

She said: “My husband’s cousin died at St Oswald’s and the staff there were amazing,” she said.

“It’s nice to give something back through volunteering, knowing that I’m helping to benefit others who are less fortunate than me.”

For information about volunteering for St Oswald’s Hospice call 0191 246 9071. To find out about volunteering opportunities at DAWN call 01670 511516.