Hospice appeals to public for help

Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley, is appealing for more bereavment volunteers to work with a loved one after a family member has died. Pictured is volunteer Craig Alker
Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley, is appealing for more bereavment volunteers to work with a loved one after a family member has died. Pictured is volunteer Craig Alker
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AN appeal has been launched by a charity to recruit volunteers to help grieving families.

The crucial service run by Wigan and Leigh Hospice sees volunteers working with families after they have lost a loved one who was being cared for by the hospice.

Julia Sixsmith, who oversees the service, says that without volunteers to provide the bereavement service families could face numerous problems.

She said: “This service is absolutely necessary as without it people may not deal properly with their grief and this can lead to serious mental health issues.

“For the more complex grief issues we provide a counselling service for anybody who wants it but many people just need someone to talk to as they might feel they are not able to speak to other family members who are going through the same thing.

“So that is what the bereavement support volunteers are for, and they can either go to a person’s house or they can come to the hospice.”

Julia and colleague Craig Alker want 10 more volunteers but are hoping for many more to come forward initially. Anybody interested in volunteering does not need any specific qualifications - the only requirements are that they have a certain level or emotional resilience, are compassionate and friendly. They need to take on one client and attend one meeting a month.

Anyone who is interested should contact Craig Alker on 525566