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Hospice worker stars in new music video

07 June 2018

A hospice worker has written and performed the song in a new music video to encourage people to volunteer for the charity.

Hospiscare is supported by over a thousand volunteers, who give an average of 3,700 hours a week.  This is equivalent to 98 full time workers and represents a massive £1.3m of volunteer support per year.

However, over the last few years Hospiscare have found it harder and harder to attract volunteers.  As people are more pushed for time than ever before with the demands of modern life, it has become a real challenge to engage supporters and sign them up to volunteer.

So to get the message out there and give a boost to volunteer numbers in Hospiscare’s 21 shops across Devon, the charity tried something new.

Des Gardiner has worked at Hospiscare for nine years.  He splits his working week between being a PAT Tester at one of the hospice’s shops and a housekeeper on the ward.   When the charity embarked on a campaign to increase shop volunteers by producing a light-hearted video, Des shared some hidden talents and put his flair for song writing, singing and music into the mix. He explained:

“I want people to feel enthusiastic. There is a way for them to help and that is exactly what we say in the song and the video.”  

“I knew exactly what we needed volunteers for, so it was not difficult to put the song together.  I wrote it in about three to four hours and wanted to tell the story of volunteering in the shops.  There are no forced rhymes in there, it is just a natural happy tune."

 “My mum died in a hospice when she was only 57.  I love being involved with Hospiscare. I thoroughly believe in the principles that make Hospiscare what it is; a caring, passionate charity that seeks to show care and compassion in the field of palliative care. It is a selfless way of serving others in need.  You are giving and not expecting anything in return."

“I hope this video will raise a smile on the face of anyone watching, but most of all I hope it will encourage more people to volunteer in our shops.” 

“Hospiscare runs on the kindness of volunteers, we would be delighted if you could join us.”

This week is Volunteers’ Week (June 1 – 7). For more information visit Hospicecare.

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