One of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that collectively there will be more conversations about death and dying

Butterfly Volunteers support patients who are dying in hospital

Hospital Partners


Butterfly Volunteers


Patients Supported


Total Visits

No One Should Die Alone


Our Vision is to work with NHS hospitals across the country to help them set up ‘Butterfly Volunteer’ teams – that support patients who are dying in hospital, many of whom have no other visitors at all.

Death for some people is a peaceful experience, spent in the presence of loved ones. For many others, the last days of life are spent in a hospital bed, frightened and alone.

Only 3% of people would choose to die in hospital, yet nearly 50% actually do. We are 8 times more likely to die in a hospital than in a hospice.

Butterfly Volunteers have time:

Time to sit with patients who have no visitors
Time to read, listen to music, or simply sit quietly
Time to support family or friends who are struggling to come to terms with the imminent death of a loved one
Time to take over the bedside vigil whilst family or friends take a break
Time to make hot drinks and provide a listening ear
Time to liaise with nursing staff on behalf of the patient, their family members of friends
Time to make sure that nursing staff know that their patients are not alone in their last days and hours

How You Can Help


Volunteers bring with them enthusiasm, skills and experiences. Whether they offer time to support patients regularly, or help with running events, promotions, and fundraising for us, either on a one-off or occasional basis, everyone has a unique contribution to make.


As the work we do is entirely supported by voluntary donations, fundraising is a vital part of keeping the Anne Robson Trust in hospitals across the UK and providing compassionate support at the end of life. Click here to donate now.

Hospital Enquiry

We’ve successfully launched several Butterfly Volunteer Schemes and would love yours to be the next. If you’re interested in becoming our next hospital partner, please take a more detailed look.

How people die remains in the memory of those who live on.

– Dame Cicely Mary Saunders

Story From One of Our Volunteers

Anne Robson Trust National Recognition