Butterfly Volunteers support patients who are dying in hospital

Hospital Partners


Butterfly Volunteers


Patients Supported


Total Visits

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.

No One Deserves To Die Alone

Butterfly Volunteers give their time

Time to engage 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
Time to take over when family or friends need a break
Time to simply sit and listen
Time to liaise with nursing staff on behalf of the patient
Time to ensure that nursing staff know that their patients are not alone

Vanessa’s Story

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.

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