Thanking the nation’s volunteers for helping others

Wednesday, 03 June 2020

VIPs and performers came online this week to thank volunteers across Great Britain for the time they give to help others.

Royal Voluntary Service hosted a special online event on Monday 1st June to thank its thousands of volunteers and the NHS Volunteer Responders for their contribution, particularly during the current time. The event marked the start of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2020) which recognises the commitment of volunteers and is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The charity’s President, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Royal Voluntary Service Chief Executive Catherine Johnstone CBE and Care Minister Helen Whately MP gave their thanks to volunteers. There were also messages of support, films by volunteers themselves and performances from Royal Voluntary Service Ambassador Elaine Paige OBE, Michael and Jowita, the 2020 winners of TV show The Greatest Dancer, London Contemporary Voices choir, and Anne Denholm, Official Harpist to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales from 2015-2019.

For volunteers that missed Monday’s Royal Voluntary Service event of thanks, it is available to view here on the Royal Voluntary Service website, via our Virtual Village Hall YouTube channel and our Virtual Village Hall Facebook group.

Royal Voluntary Service is the largest volunteering organisation in British history. Originally founded in 1938 as the Women’s Voluntary Services for Air Raid Precautions (WVS), the charity’s volunteers continue to support communities across Britain today.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of a caring society and we extend our profound thanks to volunteers and NHS Volunteer Responders for their dedication, commitment and community spirit. Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity for us to recognise the contribution that volunteers make, both in ‘normal times’ and during coronavirus when so many people need support. We are hugely grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting our work. Whether they are running community social clubs or exercise classes on hospital wards to supporting dementia carers and delivering grocery packages and prescriptions, volunteers are stepping up to make a difference."

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive

"Volunteers give their time, energy and enthusiasm to help others and we are grateful for their selfless service. We’re delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting Royal Voluntary Service and are proud supporters of Volunteers’ Week."

Hazel Johnstone, Senior Programmes Manager at People’s Postcode Lottery 

For further information

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest voluntary service organisations in Britain. We inspire and enable volunteers to help people in need in hospitals, at home and in the community.

Our volunteers improve patient experience in hospital, aid recovery after a stay on ward, help older people support themselves at home, stay fit and active and build meaningful social connections.

Royal Voluntary Service supports volunteers to run services in the community such as lunch and dining clubs, physical activity classes, craft, gardening and other hobby groups. We work collaboratively with other charities, social care providers and the NHS to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved.

The charity is one of the UK’s largest hospital retailers with volunteer-run shops, cafés and trolley services providing tea and company to patients, hospital staff and visitors.

To become a local volunteer search for volunteering opportunities in your area. Or help make a difference by making a secure online donation.

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