We are celebrating our amazing volunteers this Volunteer Recognition Day


Find out more about volunteering HERE!


Today we are celebrating Volunteer Recognition Day – a day to honour, recognise and celebrate the selfless individuals who volunteer their time and energy for good causes.


Here at The Myton Hospices we are lucky enough to be supported by hundreds of volunteers, to enable us to continue providing our services free of charge to patients and their families when they need us most.


We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate all of our wonderful volunteers and say a huge thank you for all that they do!


One of our many incredible volunteers is John.

The Myton Hospices - Volunteer John

74 year old John Higgs has been volunteering at The Myton Hospices since the beginning of the year and can’t recommend it enough! But he is no stranger to volunteering, starting his journey in 2012.


John said:


I initially started volunteering at another charity, having telephone and face to face conversations with clients.

When the pandemic hit and operations streamlined, they closed down the department I volunteered for.

After a couple of years, I knew I wanted to get back into volunteering and use my skills to help people. Then the opportunity at Myton came along!

John volunteers at our Warwick Myton Hospice Inpatient Unit, helping with day-to-day support, including activities, drinks, meals, games and lending a listening ear.

Volunteers like John provide a friendly face to everyone who walks through our doors.


John added:


Alongside fellow volunteer, Fiona, I make sure everyone has the necessary refills of tea and coffee and ensure they have their lunch.

A big part of this volunteering role is talking to absolutely anyone about absolutely anything! I’m here for anyone who wants to chat or play a game or two!

We are so grateful to each and every Inpatient Unit volunteer at Warwick and Coventry Myton Hospices, enabling our staff to focus on the expert care of each patient.

The Myton Hospices - Volunteer John

John encourages anyone with a few spare hours a week to volunteer at Myton:


I really enjoy volunteering on the ward. It’s so rewarding to know I’m helping people, and helping Myton to continue providing palliative and end of life care.

I would encourage anyone to consider volunteering at Myton as after you receive excellent training, you have the chance to meet some amazing people, from patients and their relatives, to staff and other volunteers.

The environment is friendly and modern and the support from the Volunteering Team is incredible.

Faith Costley, Volunteer Coordinator at The Myton Hospices, said:


John has only been volunteering on the Inpatient Unit at Warwick for a few months but he is already an invaluable member of our volunteering team. We have several patients who enjoy passing the time with someone who shares the same interests so it’s great to have people like John on our team.

“All of the volunteers involved with Myton have a significant impact on the care we can provide to patients and their families, but the Inpatient Unit volunteers in particular support patients and their families during the most difficult times whilst taking pressure off the nursing staff and providing a welcoming environment for visitors. It wouldn’t be the same without them.

At The Myton Hospices, we are fortunate to have the support of a fantastic team of dedicated volunteers. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to ensure we can continue to provide our services free of charge.


We are incredibly thankful to John and our amazing volunteers for helping us be there for patients and their families when they need us most, now and in the future.


Volunteering is a rewarding experience – there are plenty of ways to get involved and make a difference to the lives of others.


Find out more about volunteering HERE!


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