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Saying thank you to local NHS volunteers

Louise Brem-Wilson, HRCH volunteers service coordinator; Pamela Bryant, chair of League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital
Thursday 29 December 2016 


Volunteers who give up their time to help Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) were thanked at a special festive lunch to celebrate their hard work and dedication on 16 December.
 

Nearly 50 volunteer staff from across the trust attended the festive party to enjoy a complimentary lunch and refreshments.

Chairman Stephen Swords spoke at the event and thanked the health trust’s volunteers for their time and commitment that they give to HRCH and to helping local people. 

Stephen said: “This annual celebration event is a chance for HRCH to say thank you to the trust’s volunteers and recognise the valuable contribution that volunteer staff make to the trust. This event is just a small way of recognising the incredible amount of work and time that our volunteers give to HRCH – which we estimate to be around 12,000 hours per annum. 

“The work our volunteers do makes such a difference to staff, patients and visitors and we are very grateful for the way in which they give up their time to support the trust and the local community across Hounslow and Richmond. Their generosity is very much appreciated.” 

The trust’s chairman also thanked volunteer service coordinator Louise Brem-Wilson for her work in developing the service over the year – particularly in increasing the number of volunteer staff across Hounslow.  

He also thanked Pamela Bryant, chair of the League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital, for the League’s continued contribution – both in providing volunteers and in funding particular projects. 

The event also marked the last volunteers’ Christmas party for Jill Downey, the HRCH assistant director responsible for the volunteers’ service – who will be retiring in January 2017. 

Volunteer opportunities in Hounslow and Richmond

HRCH welcomes enquiries from members of the public who may wish to become volunteers with the local NHS trust.  Volunteers provide an invaluable service to local patients and their relatives, working in a variety of support roles - but are not involved in clinical care.   

Find out more about the range of volunteer opportunities at HRCH, here: 
www.hrch.nhs.uk/about-us/volunteer