The Mayor of Barnsley has met with volunteers from Barnsley Hospice to find out more about the time they give.
Cllr Steve Green visited the hospice to speak to a range of volunteers from all areas about their activities.
He chatted with volunteer gardeners, receptionists, fundraisers, administrators and a complementary therapist about what their roles involve and thanked them for their hard work.
Cllr Green, who is championing volunteering throughout his year in office, said: “I heard about so many things during my visit which I didn’t realise volunteers did. They are worth their weight in gold. Barnsley is definitely a town that’s punching above its weight in terms of volunteers and the work they do.”
The Mayor signed up as a volunteer with Barnsley Hospice himself in 2012 and over the last few years he has marshalled at fundraising events and helped with bag packing.
Barbara Cronin, volunteer and HR coordinator at Barnsley Hospice, added: “Inviting the Mayor to meet our volunteers was a wonderful way of recognising and celebrating their incredible efforts and we are very grateful to him for taking the time to visit.”
Barnsley Hospice has over 270 volunteers, ranging from teenagers to those in their eighties. During 2017-18 they collectively gave over 30,000 hours of their time to the hospice.