We celebrated our volunteers at a special Jubilee-themed thank you event on 7th June.

The event, which is held annually, is an opportunity to invite volunteers from all areas of the Hospice to celebrate their achievements and to see how their volunteering supports the Hospice.

Over 100 guests attended the event at Knight’s Hill Hotel & Spa, who kindly donated use of their event space free of charge.

Guests listened to talks from Nicola Ellis, the new Chief Executive at The Norfolk Hospice and Nicky Crown from WhataHoot distillery, who sell a special edition gin, proceeds of which benefits the Hospice.

The event also featured an awards ceremony presented by Tim How, the Hospice’s Chair of Trustees. Thirty-nine volunteers received their Volunteering Long Service Awards, which are awarded for every five, ten, fifteen and twenty years of service. Fundraising volunteer Vanessa Blythe and gardening volunteer Marianne Charles both received their specially designed twenty-year award at the event.

Guests were treated to an afternoon tea and the music was provided by Rhythm Travellers which consists of volunteer receptionist Julie Bones and her husband Bob. Guests were also encouraged to wear red, white and blue in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. Each volunteer received a mint plant as a token of thanks.

Rebecca Walls, Voluntary Services Manager at The Norfolk Hospice, said:

“Our annual volunteer thank you event is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the fantastic contribution our volunteers make.

“The Norfolk Hospice has over 300 volunteers who donate approximately 55,000 hours of their time each year, supporting all departments of the Hospice. We couldn't do what we do without them and their hard work is crucial in delivering our vital care in the local community.”