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A hospice in Luton has said a lack of volunteers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is a "huge worry".

As the UK comes out of lockdown, Keech Hospice Care are concerned that a large proportion of their 1,500 volunteers will not return.

Liz Searle, Chief Executive, said: "That might be because they're shielding themselves, or shielding somebody else, childcare, looking after neighbours.

"So that's a huge, huge worry for us, and so we're very very keen to ask people if you've got an hour or two or you've got some skills to share or want to learn a skill then we have a role for you."

Keech Hospice Care provide end of life support to adults and children Credit: ITV Anglia

Fabhia Chowdhury, who began volunteering for the hospice two years ago aged 14, is one of those who has been able to keep working during the lockdown.

She believes the voluntary work she's done will put her in a better position when applying for jobs in the future.

Fabhia said: "The work that they do is amazing, especially during a crisis like this right now, they're still continuing with all the work that they do.

"I get so many skills, I've learnt so many new things, it's really helped me become more confident."

Anyone interested in signing up with Keech can contact them via their social media channels (Facebook: Keech Hospice Care; Twitter: @KeechHospice; Instagram: @keechhospicecare) or website.

Cambridge City Foodbank had a surge of volunteers signing up at the start of the outbreak Credit: ITV Anglia

The hospice's concerns around volunteer numbers were shared by Margaret Saner, volunteer co-ordinator at Cambridge City Foodbank.

But around a hundred people answered their call for help at the start of the outbreak.

Margaret said: "The number of people who are just stepping forward saying look I know this is going to be a difficult time for you, I've got some spare time, I'm in a low risk category, we've had just so many people helping and it's just been wonderful."