THE MAYOR of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ken Dixon, paid a special visit to one of his chosen charities, Butterwick Hospice Care, on Monday (26 September).
The Mayor first visited the hospice’s warehouse in Eaglescliffe before becoming a volunteer for an hour at the charity’s shop branch in Thornaby.
Butterwick Hospice Care provide specialist care and support to people with life limiting illnesses and also supports their families throughout.
The Mayor said: “Butterwick Hospice Care is a charity that is dearly valued by so many people for the amazing care and support that they give to those in real need. It is vitally important that we support them in any way possible, be that by making a donation to the charity or by offering your time as a volunteer in the shops.
“Volunteering was a really enjoyable and interesting experience and the charity really needs more volunteers.
“I’d encourage everyone to think about what they can do to help this great cause and to get in touch with Butterwick Hospice Care.”
Jackie Firth, Communications Manager for Butterwick Hospice, said: “The Hospice is so grateful to the Mayor for taking time out of his busy calendar to visit us for a whole afternoon. We rely heavily on the support of local people who volunteer in our shops to maintain the high level of customer service we like to give.
“The Mayor helped to arrange goods in the shop and chatted to the volunteers about their work and customers about their support. He is a regular supporter in the shop and uses Gift Aid on all donations to make the most of his support.”
For further information about volunteering in a Butterwick shop please contact the Volunteer Department on 01642 607742 , call in to any Butterwick shop and ask the shop manager or go online at www.butterwick.org.uk/volunteer