A Celebration of Hospital Volunteers

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North West Anglia Foundation NHS Trust, who runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland hospitals, held special brunches last week to thank their volunteers, who collectively, gave up nearly 50,000 hours of their own time, at their three main hospitals in 2019.  

The brunches were well attended at each site and the volunteers were made to feel special for all that they do. “Volunteers play an invaluable part in supporting patients and visitors, giving up their own time” says Carol North, Head of Volunteer Services across the Trust. “They undertake a range of tasks, including helping patients find their way around, assisting during mealtimes, offering a befriending service, supporting the chaplaincy and much more.I feel both proud and honoured to be working with such a selfless and talented team.” 

There are nearly 500 people volunteering across the Trust and Peterborough City Hospital has 20 new young volunteers coming to work on the wards soon. This will provide extra support to patients and staff and invaluable work experience to the young people, many of who are looking for careers within the health services. 

 “The Trust recently welcomed a new Young Persons Co-Ordinator to the team who will be looking after our younger volunteers and helping to develop our volunteer services in new and innovative ways.

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