24th Oct, 2016

Vale volunteer honoured for work

Evesham Editorial 27th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN INSPIRING Evesham man was shortlisted for an award to recognise his work for a leading county charity.

Francis Smith was congratulated on his volunteering achievements and important role he plays within the hospice and local community at the awards held by St Richard’s Hospice.

The charity helps patients with life-limiting illnesses by offering support to them and their loved ones

through difficult times.

Francis has been a St Richard’s volunteer for more than years, offering invaluable support to patients and their loved ones.

He is often to be found keeping the hospice reception running smoothly, ensuring that anyone entering the hospice receives a warm and friendly welcome, even on Bank Holidays.

The caring volunteer was described as a ‘very empathetic person who manages delicate situations in a sensitive and caring way and has frequently been a welcome support to family members in distress’.

He also donates his time to help out in Day Hospice, helping to support patients coming in for treatment, and is often found within the community helping out with fund-raising activities.

Anna Wharrier, Volunteer Services Co-ordinator at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We are also delighted that Francis wss shortlisted for special commendation.

“More than1,000 volunteers bring their life skills and experience to St Richard’s Hospice, supporting every aspect of hospice life from patient care and administration, to fund-raising and shops.

“Their contribution is very much appreciated and makes a real difference to patients and their loved ones.” she added.

Visit www.strichards.org.uk for more.