National Afternoon Tea Week in Full Swing at Hospice

13 Aug 2021

With August 9 – 15 marking National Afternoon Tea Week, which celebrates the great British tradition of taking afternoon tea, Dr Kershaw’s Afternoon Tea Trolley volunteer, Kath Smith, explains why serving afternoon tea to the patients on the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit means so much.

Kath, 62, from Moorside said: “I’ve done a lot of volunteering since I retired, five years ago, the afternoon tea trolley volunteer position appealed to me as when my mum was poorly and in a home, it was really nice when the ladies came round and brought tea, coffee and cake, it made it seem more normal, and I thought it would be nice to give other families that time with their loved ones.

We serve cake made by the Hospice’s cooks and tea and coffee, it means such a lot to the patients, they really appreciate it. Patients and their families like the break from their day of the nice treat as well as the opportunity to have a chat with a friendly face. I love volunteering at the Hospice, it’s such a lovely place, the staff are really welcoming and put me at ease straight away.”

To find out more about volunteering opportunities contact the Hospice’s Volunteering Team on 0161 624 2727 or


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