THE Rowans Hospice is facing a shortfall of volunteers as regular helpers take time off over the summer.
The hospice, which is in Purbrook, has made an appeal for more volunteers.
Spokeswoman Amanda Mahoney said there were about 500 volunteers who worked at the hospice and a further 600 who volunteered for the Trading Company – its network of charity shops.
Despite that, Ms Mahoney said it was difficult to keep up with demand during summer.
She said: ‘During summer a lot of our regular volunteers go on holidays themselves, and our older volunteers often take time off to look after their grandchildren.
‘We do have a good number of volunteers that we call on but we can always use new people to join us. It’s particularly noticeable with the Trading Company that has expanded and grown a lot.’
For more information visit rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 8539 about volunteering at the hospice or Hayley Hamlett on (023) 9238 7893 about volunteering for the Trading Company.