National Volunteers’ Week, which took place from Thursday 1 June until Wednesday 7 June, is being celebrated once again.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), who have over 200 volunteers, want to thank all them for the amazing support they provide to both patients and staff.
19 long serving volunteers have dedicated an incredible 120 years of combined voluntary service between them and are being recognised through long service awards. The awards were presented by members of the Trust’s Executive Leadership Team to personally thank them for their service.
Rita Batson, a volunteer at Lincoln County Hospital’s Shuttleworth Ward who was awarded a five year award said: “It’s really, really rewarding. I get a lot out of it; seeing the patients smile, and feeling their appreciation.”
“I’m a people person and I like helping people. A lot of people have no idea they’re going to be in hospital and are full of bewilderment, so I try and put them at ease and for those that want a proper chat I’ll pull up a chair and hold someone’s hand if needs be.”
Mike Lane, a volunteer at Grantham and District Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department, said: “I really enjoy volunteering and the being able to give something back to the community. Working in Nuclear Medicine is a really friendly environment and I always feel part of the team.
“I love volunteering and want to continue as long as I can!”
The longest serving volunteer has been with the Trust for 34 years and counting! Over the past year our volunteers have done 35,000 hours voluntary service for the Trust and an additional 60 have been recruited.
Andy Tysoe, Volunteers Manager, said: “The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, but they really are our shining stars who deserve to be recognised and celebrated. Our long service awards are an excellent way to celebrate these individuals who have given five, 10, 15, 20, 25 years or more to the Trust.
“Another way is through our Volunteer of the Year Staff Award which recognises a volunteer or voluntary team who work tirelessly and generously give their free time, enthusiasm and energy to help improve NHS services, facilities and support for patients, visitors and their families. You can find out more and make a nomination on our website.”
You can find out more about volunteering opportunities at ULHT on the Trust’s website.