Butterfly volunteer team receives funding to help expand service

The Butterfly volunteer team, which supports people in the last days of their lives, has been awarded funding worth a total £64,450 over three years from the Dunhill Medical Trust to help continue and expand the service.

The Butterfly volunteer project was first piloted in May last year and the team provides one-to-one companionship for dying patients who have few or no visitors. The team also supports families and carers, providing them with valuable respite whilst they care for loved ones.

Above: Angela Fenn (second right) with volunteers from the team

Over the next three years, the Butterfly volunteer team is aiming to make 6,000 visits. The donation will allow Butterfly volunteer co-ordinator Angela Fenn to continue her role with supporting existing colleagues and recruiting more people to join the current team.

Angela Fenn, said:

“The Butterfly volunteer team was created last year with the ultimate aim of making sure no patient at the Lister dies alone. Already, our team has visited and spent time with 312 dying adults at the hospital between January and August this year.

“The donation from the Dunhill Medical Trust will allow us to extend the service to seven days a week and help recruit more volunteers. If you would like to join the team and help provide invaluable support to patients and families, or would like to know more about the project, you can call us on 07825 072142 or email butterfly.enh-tr@nhs.net.”