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Ashgate Hospice > “My neighbour didn’t get the chance to volunteer for Ashgate before she died so I’m doing it in her memory”

Marian Weighill, who has been volunteering in one of Ashgate’s shops since 2009, is urging others to join her. 

She joined the shop team in Bolsover after her neighbour received end of life care on our Inpatient Unit.  

Marian, from Tapton, Chesterfield, said: “My neighbour was quite ill and spent some time on Ashgate Hospice’s Inpatient Unit and said the care she received was just brilliant. 

“She told me she’d wished she’d done some voluntary work for the hospice, so after she died, I made the decision to honour her memory and join the team. 

“I’m so glad I did as the past 13 years have been a brilliant experience. I hope that she’d be proud of the time I’ve given to help volunteer at Ashgate over the years.” 

Marian helps with a range of jobs and tasks in the shop – from serving people behind the till, to pricing items, making drinks, sorting donations and more. 

She adds: “It is quite rewarding when there’s stuff everywhere and you go home at end of the day and have made the place look nice, it’s a great feeling knowing you’ve done something worthwhile. 

“The other volunteers are lovely, and we all get on well, we’re like one big family here. Everyone is really friendly, is happy to help one another and we always have a laugh. 

“I’d urge anyone thinking about volunteering in one of Ashgate’s shops to just go for it! I can guarantee you’ll really enjoy it and it’s very rewarding knowing your support is helping families who need Ashgate’s care.  

“Not only will you be doing your bit to help fund the hospice’s care, but you’ll learn some new skills and get the chance to meet some wonderful people!” 

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can go to and fill in the Volunteer Enquiry Form.  

Alternatively, pop into your local shop and ask to speak to the shop manager about volunteering. You can find your nearest shop below.