Volunteers thanked for their efforts

Some of the DGH volunteers with their length of servcie certificates
Some of the DGH volunteers with their length of servcie certificates

HOSPITAL volunteers were thanked for their services to patients and the local hospitals at a Volunteers Celebration Event.

The event was attended by more than 100 volunteers and some received certificates for their length of service.

In all 34 volunteers were recognised for their length of service, 30 having achieved 10 years’ service and four have been volunteering for 20 years.

There are around 1,000 registered volunteers at the DGH, Conquest, and Bexhill Hospitals working in many different areas of the hospitals. The volunteers give their time free for a minimum of four hours a week with many working longer hours.

Steve Tinton, interim chairman of East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, said, “We are extremely grateful to the work undertaken by so many volunteers in our hospitals. They all share one common thing - they give the precise 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 is a superb example to us all and a great service to the local community.”

Margaret Munson, a volunteer at Eastbourne DGH attending the event, received an award for 20 years’ service.

She said, “I work in the Friends Shop and really enjoy it. It’s an opportunity to meet people, make new friends and feel you are doing some good for the community. So to anyone who is thinking about volunteering I would say ‘don’t sit at home and say you are bored’ – volunteer. You get as much out of it as you put in.”

If you would like more details about becoming a hospital volunteer call Corinne France on 417400 ext 4880.