Compassus – Manchester Recognizes Local Volunteers

Laura Hughes receives top volunteer recognition for dedicated service during National Volunteer Week

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Compassus program serving Manchester and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Laura Hughes and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 15-21 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. Hughes serves as a bereavement, vigil and direct patient volunteer.


“We are proud to recognize Laura for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Rebecca Kix, executive director for Compassus – Manchester. “Volunteers like Laura are fundamental to the Compassus mission of delivering the highest quality hospice services. These kind individuals enrich the care we provide by creating meaningful moments with the patients and families in our community.”


“Whether listening quietly, reading a book or simply running errands, volunteers make an incredible impact on our patients and their loved ones,” said Denise Tarquinio, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Manchester. “I want to thank Laura and all of the volunteers on our team for their commitment to those we serve.” 


According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are an estimated 450,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. Hospice volunteers add to the care provided by physicians and other hospice staff by bringing companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, providing respite to families and caregivers, and supporting the administrative responsibilities of hospice programs.


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For information about Compassus – Manchester, please visit or call (603) 606-7974.