Every year we deliver volunteering days in which a range of companies take part. Where we really need help from volunteers is in fundraising. We are keen to hear from you if you can support us with our fundraising events.

We know that companies are keen to come and volunteer on site at the hospice, helping patients or working in our gardens. Sadly, we only have very limited opportunities to help on site. We are not able to offer volunteering for large groups on our grounds or one-off volunteering opportunities within the hospice building. We can provide a very limited range of opportunities to help in the gardens, but these are very popular, so they get booked up quickly.

If your company is interested in supporting Katharine House through volunteering, please have a look through our opportunities below and, if you’re interested in getting involved with one of these, drop us an email at [email protected].

Help at events

Our flagship fundraising events Moonlight (previously Midnight) Walk and Santa Fun Run are attended by hundreds of people from the local community each year. They are much loved and anticipated events.

The routes for these events cover between four and ten miles. Along these routes we rely on the support of volunteers to help keep our walkers and runners safe as well as keeping them motivated, you could join our team of volunteers and help out at one of these events.

Alternatively, your company could ‘Sponsor a mile’ and adopt a stretch of the Moonlight Walk route to decorate and man with volunteers, providing a cheer squad for all of our walkers and joining in the fun making the route more entertaining and interactive for the participants.

We also need volunteers to help with our annual Christmas tree recycling scheme. We need volunteer drivers, preferably with access to vans, and we also need volunteer drivers mates as we send teams out in pairs to pick up the Christmas trees for recycling.

Event volunteering needs

Moonlight Walk

  • When: Saturday night in July
  • Volunteering opportunities: marshals, event set up and pack down teams, sponsor mile cheer teams

Santa Fun Run

  • When: First Sunday in December
  • Volunteering opportunities: marshals, event set up and pack down teams

Christmas Tree-cycle

  • When: First Friday in January
  • Volunteering opportunities: Van drivers with vans and drivers’ mates

Store Wars

Max capacity: 12 (2 in each shop)

Our charity shops can be found in Banbury, Bicester, Brackley, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour. Small teams can take over our shops for the day and compete to drive up profit turning a volunteering opportunity into a 'Store Wars Challenge Day' to see who can raise the most money in one day.

Your teams can be as creative as they like (the more creative you are, the more you will raise), boosting fundraising on the day with a wide range of ideas, such as from cake sales and raffles to special one-off promotions.

If you take part in a Store Wars day, we will come and meet your team, brief you on the event and then it's up to your teams to work together to come up with a money spinning idea that they then deliver on the day. It’s a great way to get some friendly rivalry going while also having fun.

At the end of the day, we will present the winners with a trophy to recognise their efforts and, of course, their success. We will be able to tell you how much the teams’ efforts have raised throughout the day so they will take away a great sense of achievement, knowing they’ve raised money for the Hospice. The winners will also take away the coveted Store Wars Challenge cup as well as bragging rights.

Volunteering in our gardens

    Unfortunately, we can't offer volunteer sessions in our gardens at present.

    Special projects

    From time to time, we have special projects that we need help with. This may be painting a room, installing raised beds in the garden, refurbishing a garden feature or sourcing TVs for the inpatient unit.

    These projects provide a holistic opportunity to get involved with and support the hospice. If your company decides to take on a project, we would invite you to a meeting (or we could come to you) to discuss the objectives of the project and give you a brief of what is needed. We would then hand over the project to you.

    Your team would then manage the project from beginning to end including (projects will vary, so not all of the following stages will apply):

    • Design
    • Budget
    • Fundraising
    • Sourcing
    • Purchasing
    • Installation (as part of a volunteering day/part-day with KHH).

    Get in touch

    If you’re interested in getting involved with one of these projects, please drop us an email at [email protected].