Tuesday 17 December 2013
The Trust celebrated the important role of our volunteers and the big difference they make to patients and staff at a special Christmas celebration event on Friday 13 December.
Our dedicated team of volunteers from Hounslow and Richmond provide an invaluable service to local patients and their relatives – working in areas such meeting and greeting at Teddington Memorial Hospital’s reception, befriending in-patients on our wards, assisting with administration support and helping the hospital’s Chaplain.
Interim chief executive Mark Millar and chairman Stephen Swords attended the event to meet the volunteers and personally thank them for their help, hard work and commitment. The chairman spoke of his admiration for the time and effort that the volunteers provide for us.
Stephen said: “I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our volunteers for the hard work they do for us. Our volunteers selflessly give up their own time to provide a vital service for the Trust, our patients and the local community – for which we are sincerely grateful.
“Their work makes a huge difference and I’m pleased to be here to celebrate and acknowledge that.”
The chairman also thanked Pamela Bryant, Chair of the Teddington Memorial Hospital’s League of Friends for her continual support and presented Linden Loader, the Trust’s volunteer coordinator, with a Christmas flower arrangement for her work in running the volunteers’ service.
A festive buffet lunch and refreshments were provided at the celebration event, which was held at Teddington Health and Social Care Centre.
Find out more about the Trust’s volunteer service at: www.hrch.nhs.uk/patients/volunteer