Like many charities, Wakefield Hospice relies on the support of volunteers, which is why colleagues from Minster Law’s Wakefield office recently pledged their support by working alongside staff in its distribution centre.
The hospice provides symptom management and care for people who have advanced and life threatening illnesses and offers in-patient accommodation as well as day therapy. However, the distribution centre is where the care really begins – donations are sorted here before being distributed for sale in the hospice shop in order to raise vital funds. Everything that isn’t sold is recycled or passed on to other important local charities.
On site at the warehouse, Ryan Jummun, Lee Elmore, Alex McBride, Lisa Nurse, Jacqueline Speight, Karen Loomes, Helene Brunt, Angela Sparks, John O’Brien, William Lee and Andrew Sykes were tasked with sorting through donated clothing and ascertaining what was suitable for sale at the shop and what could be sold on to a re-sale vendor. The team also helped to categorise some of the 8,000 books that are donated to the hospice each month, before preparing them to be photographed for sale online. Their final task was to measure the offcuts of fabrics donated by shops and tag them with prices ready for re-sale.
Ryan said: “Minster Law has solid roots in Wakefield so we wanted to support Wakefield Hospice and its work in the community and surrounding areas. The charity relies on the help of local people for the benefit of local patients, and we felt that we had the opportunity to make a real difference here.
“It was really interesting to see how the hospice operates, and as well as donating our time, some of us also donated items to the charity while some of us even purchased items in the shop!”
To find out more about Minster Law’s charity and fundraising initiatives, please visit www.minsterlaw.co.uk/csr.