A TYNEDALE charity is hosting a coffee morning to encourage people to volunteer.

Tynedale Hospice at Home is welcoming members of the community to come along to The Garden Coffee House, in Hexham, between 10am and midday on Monday, February 11, to encourage people to join its Occasional Volunteer team.

The coffee morning will provide an opportunity to find out more about the charity and what’s involved in becoming a volunteer.  The team plays a vital role in the district, helping to raise awareness of its services and raise vital funds to support its work in the local community.

Megan West, the charity's community fund-raiser, said: “We have a loyal and dedicated team of fund-raising volunteers who support us in the community at local events, Christmas and summer fayres.

"They also help out at bag packs and other events but we are in desperate need of more support so that we can attend as many of these events as possible.

"Volunteers are an ideal way for us to spread the word about what we do, as well as raise vital funds to support our work.

“On average, thanks to the efforts of our community fund-raising volunteers, we could raise around £1,000 a month by attending these events but this is getting harder to achieve when we have a limited number of volunteers to attend. 

"It would be brilliant to get a few more volunteers on board to help us achieve this aim.  £1,000 could provide an incredible 33 hours of hospice nursing care in the home to someone that needs it.

“Becoming an occasional volunteer is ideal for anyone who wants flexibility in their volunteering role and doesn’t want to commit to set number of hours each week. Just a few hours a year can make a real difference. 

"Attending community events is also lots of fun and there’s plenty of opportunity to meet with other volunteers and make new friends and if you like interacting with the public, then this role could be ideal for you.”