Hospital volunteers were thanked for their services to patients and local hospitals at a Volunteers Celebration Event.
The event was attended by around 70 volunteers and some received certificates for their length of service. In all 37 volunteers were recognised for their length of service but not everyone was able to attend. A total of 36 have achieved 10 years service and one person had volunteered for 30 years. There are around 1,200 registered volunteers in the community and hospitals in the area. Richard Sunley, deputy chief executive of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said, “We are extremely grateful to 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.”
Annette Jean Woods, a volunteer at the DGH in the Post Graduate Centre, received an award for 10 years’ service. She said, “I started doing voluntary work in the outpatients department of women’s health. Now I work in the post graduate centre where I prepare packs for the medical students who join the Trust in August, October and January as part of their training rotation. I have found volunteering a most rewarding experience but also a challenging one. I feel I am giving something back and would encourage others who want to meet new people and help their local community to volunteer.”
If you would like more details about becoming a hospital volunteer contact Corinne France on 417400 x 4880.