Patients at a charity who care for people with life-limiting illnesses across the region have tested the culinary skills and artistic talents of volunteers.

Staff from Savills Estate Agents in Windsor have been visiting the Thames Hospice in recent weeks. During their visits, they have been taking part in a range of activities, including arts and crafts and creating chocolate truffles.

Alongside the activities, the volunteers also spent time talking with patients and their loved ones, finding out more about the work of the hospice and the vital support it provides to people in the local community.

Thames Hospice is currently fundraising to build a new state-of-the-art bedded hospice at a new site on Bray Lake, which will help contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of both patients and their loves ones by offering uninterrupted views and landscaped gardens.

Naomi Finlay, from the residential team at Savills Windsor office, said: “We are always keen to support local charities so when we had the opportunity to volunteer at the hospice, we were only too happy to help.

“The Thames Hospice provides such an important service for so many people. We had a great time. All the patients enjoyed talking to us and there were a lot of laughs.”

Sarah Samorzewska, client relationship manager at Savills Windsor and Savills Marlow, added: “We were able to chat with patients while their carers had a break.

“Even something as simple as just making a cup of tea, you could see that everyone was incredibly appreciative and happy to see a friendly face.”

Mary-Ann Leader, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser from Thames Hospice, said: “We are always grateful for the help of volunteers and it’s lovely to have Savills join us on such a regular basis.

“It’s a great way for businesses to learn more about what we do and the support that we offer – and most importantly the patients and their loved ones really enjoy it.”