Volunteers Week is a time for us to recognise and appreciate the amazing individuals who generously give their time to help The Myton Hospices provide free care and support to patients and their families across Coventry and Warwickshire.
With over 600 volunteers and many more events and fundraising volunteers, they are the pillars of our organisation, and without them, we would not be able to carry out our mission of providing compassionate end of life care.
Our volunteers are involved in a wide range of activities, from working in our hospices to retail, fundraising to events.
This week, we are shining a light on some of our incredible retail volunteers who are making a significant contribution to our goal of funding one in four patients through this avenue.
Mick Ogden is 75 years old and has been retired for many years. Volunteering for Myton since May 2021, Mick loves every second of working in one of our shops, and wishes he started sooner! Living just 15 minutes away, Mick is enthusiastic to volunteer at the shop for as many hours as he can.
Mick first thought about volunteering with Myton when he attended and took part in a carol singing event in aid of The Myton Hospices at his local pub, Severn Stars in Rugby. After thoroughly enjoying the event and reading up on some Myton literature, Mick decided to take the plunge and volunteer his time.
As well as volunteering in the shop, Mick also plays our weekly Lottery and absolutely loves working with the Church Street team!
Alongside Mick, Adrian Futter has been volunteering at our Church Street Charity Shop in Rugby since October 2018. At age 72, Adrian volunteers at least 3 afternoons a week and helps with the eBay packing and sorting books in Rugby Albert St shop as well!
Adrian’s wife spent 20 days at Warwick Myton Hospice before she died in July 2018, and prior to that he looked after her for three and a half years. After her death, Adrian felt lost and wanted to give something back. He says volunteering at Myton was the obvious choice. He loves the companionship and sense of doing something useful.
When asked what he would say to other people considering volunteering at a Myton shop he said:
Go for it, why not give it a try and see if you like it. There are a variety of things to do and you can find your niche – I like sorting books.
It’s flexible and you can come when suits you.
These amazing volunteers are just a small example of the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to make a difference in their communities.
We are grateful to each and every one of our volunteers who play such a vital role in our organisation's success.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Myton, we encourage you to get in touch!
Alternatively, you can give us a ring at 01926 838 836
Volunteering is a rewarding experience, and there are plenty of ways to get involved and make a difference to the lives of others.