PROSPECT Hospice is inviting would-be volunteers to hear about the rewards of joining its ranks at its warehouse in Wroughton.

The charity’s distribution centre, based at Wroughton Business Park, sorts millions of pounds of clothes and items from its 17 shops across Swindon every year thanks to its generous volunteers.

The team is encouraging local people who want to give up their free time to come to an open day next weekend.

“Volunteers have made a major contribution to the success of Prospect Hospice over four decades,” says the charity’s volunteer recruitment officer Graham Biggs.

“The involvement of people from across all parts of the community is as essential to our ability to deliver our care as it ever has been. Shops bring in a vital injection of funds every year. The more money we can raise, the more care our nurses and support teams can give to local people at the end of their lives.”

Volunteering in support of the shops has additional benefits too. “For many of our volunteers, giving their time brings an opportunity to make new friends, become part of a team and use their skills again,” added Graham. “For younger volunteers, there’s a chance to develop new skills too and gain experience that can support their future career.”

To find out more about joining the team potential volunteers are asked to go along to the distribution centre on Moormead Road on Saturday 17 November, between 9.30 and 11.30am.