MP lends a hand at the hospice shop

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THE ‘vital contribution’ of volunteers has been praised by a South Yorkshire MP after he gave up his time to help in a charity shop.

John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, spent time at the Rotherham Hospice Shop, High Street, Wath-upon-Dearne, to support Volunteers Week 2012.

He said: “Millions of people help others and their communities in all sorts of ways every year.

“Volunteers Week is a way we can all celebrate the vital contribution volunteers make and encourage and inspire others to take part.”

Tracey Harrison-Marr, voluntary services manager at Rotherham Hospice, said: “Volunteers are vital to Rotherham Hospice in so many ways. Not only do they help raise much-needed funds in our retail shops, they also promote the work of the hospice at our various events in the community.”

The hospice has 311 volunteers aged from 15 to 95. Their work ranges from administration support to driving, fundraising and shop work.

Hospice movement volunteers gave over 16,000 hours last year.