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VOLUNTEERS spent a day trying to recruit new helpers as part of an awareness drive.

People who assist St Cuthbert’s Hospice spoke at Houghton Library as part of National Volunteers Week.

Josie Watson, of West Rainton, and Beryl Common, of Hetton, both work in the hospice’s Houghton shop and spoke to a number of people about joining St Cuthbert’s Hospice’s army of 360 volunteers.

Josie said: “I think Houghton-le-Spring is very community orientated and people want to stay active and keep their brains active too.

“There are all sorts of roles.

“If not for volunteering at the hospice shop, I’d be just at home, but I get up and get dressed, and come out and I meet people and do it for a worthy cause.

“It keeps you mobile.”

The Durham City hospice provides training programmes and an induction course for all its volunteers. As well as elderly people, younger people who want to boost their CVs also regularly sign up.

Anyone interested in joining St Cuthbert’s Hospice as a volunteer can go to the shop in Houghton town centre or visit the volunteering section of the hospice website at

Alternatively, contact the hospice on 386 1170.