KHH_Issue-51 Autumn-2018

Welcome From the Chief Executive Katharine House Hospice | 3 Every day in our hospice there are volunteers helping to keep our services running. They might serve tea to day hospice patients, pamper them with a haircut or massage, or answer the phone on reception. And our volunteers aren’t just in the hospice building; they’re out in our shops, helping out at fundraising events, and driving patients to and from the hospice itself. They’re just some of the 350 volunteers who regularly give up their time and energy to help provide the highest quality care and support to hundreds of families facing life-limiting illness. Our volunteers save Katharine House £400,000 every year. That money can go directly towards patient care in our hospice, in the community and in the hospital. It costs £4.5 million a year to provide our services and we rely on people like you for three quarters of that funding; local people, business and community groups, and trusts and foundations. Only a quarter of our funding comes from the government. We simply couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers’ skills and time. From gardeners and receptionists, to patient drivers and retail volunteers, each volunteer brings a unique set of skills and experience that helps us to care for patients and keep our much-needed services running. There are plenty of ways to volunteer at Katharine House, and we will soon be launching our new hospice companion service this Autumn, which will help people in their own homes by offering support like help with the shopping or walking the dog, providing a little respite to carers, or simply popping in for a cup of tea and a chat. Volunteering has always been vital to Katharine House. The hospice would never have been founded if, 30 years ago, a group of volunteers had not given up their time and made the creation of a hospice for Banbury a big part of their lives. Their aim was to ensure that no patient, carer or family has to go without high quality and appropriate care, and today, our volunteers are a major part in being able to continue that philosophy and support 300 people in our community at any one time. Katharine House was built by the community and for the community, and to have so many volunteers from the community giving so much back to the hospice is truly special. On behalf of everyone at Katharine House, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for everything you do for our patients and their families. If you’re interested in volunteering at Katharine House, please get in touch - we’ve got plenty of opportunities and we’d love to help you find the perfect role for you. Angharad Orchard Chief Executive