Volunteers from across East Lancashire came together for a special celebration to recognise the 580 years of service they have donated to a worthwhile and deserving cause.
Around 150 people from the Ribble Valley, Blackburn, Darwen and Hyndburn turned out to the special event to honour the hard work and dedication of volunteers at East Lancashire Hospice.
The event was held in a marquee in the grounds of the hospice for the first time and visitors were treated to afternoon tea, with live music from the Jackson Kay band. Those in attendance on the day have dedicated 580 years to the hospice, giving their spare time wherever possible.
Emma Baldwin, head of administration at East Lancashire Hospice, said: “Our volunteers are a huge part of the hospice, without them it would be impossible to run all the services that we do.
“We counted up how many years each of the volunteers who attended the event have been with us and it is around the 580 years’ mark – which is just incredible.
“The event was held to say a huge thanks for everything that our volunteers do for the hospice.”
The longest serving volunteer, Anne Higham, who currently helps on the inpatient unit, has been a familiar face around the hospice for over 30 years.
East Lancs Hospice offers a special way of caring for people suffering from life-limiting illnesses throughout Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Clitheroe. There is no set pattern or plan for patients – each person is assessed and a plan is put together with their health and wellbeing at the centre of all staff do. If you would like to get involved visit www.eastlancshospice.org.uk/volunteering