The valuable work of volunteers was outlined in the annual report delivered at Lippen Care’s annual general meeting.
In her report, manager Marion Hood stated the charity was “happy and proud” to be dependant on its volunteers.
She said: “Whether lending a helpful hand offering a friendly smile on the reception desk, helping in the hospice and ward or assisting in the shop and garden, not to forget the fund-raising events organised and supported by our volunteers. Patients and families are offered complementary therapies within the unit and, outwith the hospital setting in the local community, one to one visits from our team of befrienders.
“Volunteers help provide all the little extras that make hospice and palliative care special and enhance the existing services to patients and their families, thus making a positive contribution to Lippen Care.”
In her report, chairperson Moira Nicoll states Lippen Care has continued to purchase equipment for the Strathmore Hospice, including patient recliners and new chairs for larger patients. The charity also provides training for local GPs and nursing staff when request.
She highlighted the vital support received from members, local people and organisations. She said: “It may appear to the general public that we feature regularly in the press receiving these donations but I cannot stress enough that, without this generous support, we would not be able to maintain the high standard we all desire.”
Whilst donations have gone down from £34,837 in 2012 to £28,028 in 2013, fund-raising rose from £12,820 to £24,460.
There was slight drop in membership fees from £610 to £565 and a slight decrease in shop sales from £11,533 to £11,350. Some £13,476 had been spent on the purchase and replacement of equipment compared to £5,865 the previous year and there was a surplus of £15,339 for the year compared to a previous deficit of £14,104.