FOR most people, there are not enough hours in the day.

We lead hectic lives juggling work and family and usually feel under pressure not just for time, but to make ends meet.

Few of us would think they have spare time to take on anything extra, such as a part-time job or a sideline to ease the strain on the finances, let alone to give up precious time for nothing in return.

But for those who volunteer at Bury Hospice, it is impossible to put a value on what they do ­— and what they get back from it.

Many charities rely on an army of volunteers to help them deliver vital services and the hospice relies on people from all walks of life to help people in their time of need.

Anyone who has had a loved one cared for at the hospice knows what a difference it makes.

And it will be a combination of hospice staff and volunteers who will have helped make a difference to a family at a difficult time.

Many volunteers, such as Pat Moon, whose husband, Derek, received end-of-life care at the hospice, have made it their mission to help others.

And now she is helping to make a difference in the kitchen and as a day services driver, preparing food for patients, staff and visitors.

She is one of 450 volunteers who provide 4,000 hours of unpaid work each month at the hospice.

And they provide such a vital role that the hospice has set up a new post to manage the army of volunteers.

Josie Bades looks after the recruitment training and of volunteers and is currently on the lookout for gardening and kitchen volunteers.

She is also looking for people with specific skills and training that may benefit the hospice, such as public speaking, merchandising and marketing.

All offers of help can make a difference and, while some might believe they do not have the time to help, by simply getting in touch, their contribution, however big or small, can help.