Hospital volunteers have been thanked for their services to patients and local hospitals at the annual volunteers’ celebration event.
The event was attended by 27 volunteers who were presented with certificates in recognition of their length of service.
In total 20 volunteers have achieved ten years service, six achieved 20 years and one volunteer was recognised for an impressive 30 years service.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. Its services are at both the Eastbourne DGH and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, as well as community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield .
There are around 1,100 registered volunteers across all the centres within the trust.
The volunteers work in many different areas including working with the chaplaincy team, serving customers in the hospital shop and meeting and greeting patients and visitor.
Each of the volunteers give their time free for a minimum of four hours a week but many dedicated and committed people work longer hours.
Alice Webster, director of nursing for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said the volunteers played an important role.
She said, “We are extremely grateful for the work undertaken by the many volunteers in our hospitals.
“They all share one common thing - they give the precious gift of time.
“It is time freely given, in many cases a considerable amount of time, which all helps contribute to a better experience for our patients and visitors.
“The work, commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers are a superb example to us all and a great service to the local community.”
Graham Keep volunteers at Eastbourne DGH and received the 20 years long service award.
He explained he has found his time at the DGH rewarding.
He said, “In November 1994 I had plenty of spare time following the death of my mother for whom I had been a long term carer.
“I applied to the DGH to become a volunteer and started in the medical records department before joining the chaplaincy team.
“It has been a privilege to be able to help and give something back to others.”
Graham also met his partner while volunteering at Eastbourne DGH.
The couple married and had a blessing at the All Saints Chapel in Meads.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has vacancies for volunteers and is calling for interested people to come forward.
• To get involved or for more information contact the volunteer co-ordinator at Eastbourne DGH, Zoe Yousefi, on 01323 417400 ext 4880.
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