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Valuable work of NHS volunteers celebrated

31 May 2016 11:51:14
John Harpin

A series of events have been planned to celebrate the work of volunteers at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

To kick the month off on 1 June, a group of volunteers and staff members will be in the main entrance of Rotherham Hospital to give patients, visitors and staff members an insight into the valuable work they do.

On Tuesday 7 June, the Trust’s volunteers will be taking part in ‘The Big Walk’ from Clifton Park to The Rotherham Minster where members of the public are being invited to support the walkers, find out more about the vast range of roles available and see how they can get involved.

Ellie Monkhouse, Deputy Chief Nurse at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, will be joining the volunteers on the walk. She said: “Volunteers play a vital role within our hospital and across the community. We are very privileged to have such a strong and dedicated group of volunteers in Rotherham that regularly give up their own time to help others. By taking part in this walk myself, I hope to say thank you on behalf of the whole organisation for the fantastic work they do.”

The events at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and across Rotherham are tying in with National Volunteers’ week which runs from 1-12 June.

At The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust there are more than 100 volunteers who give up their time in a range of clinical and non-clinical areas and roles. These include welcomers in the main entrance, the patient library trolley service, chaplaincy pastoral visitors, ophthalmology, radiology, pharmacy and the Macmillan cancer information and support service.

John Harpin has been volunteering as a welcomer in the main entrance of Rotherham Hospital for seven years. He said: “After I retired I wanted to do something with my time that helped people, and volunteering at the hospital seemed like a great opportunity. I really enjoy being able to help visitors, patients and staff members with any queries or issues they may have. It’s a great feeling when you know you have helped someone.

“I would definitely recommend volunteering to anyone, you meet lots of amazing people and get great satisfaction out of the work you do.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust you can go online at http://www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/volunteers/.


Photo caption: John Harpin, volunteer

Media Contact:
Andrew Johnson, Communications Officer, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
01709 426460 or email Andrew.johnson2@rothgen.nhs.uk   


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