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Our volunteer of the year!

14 Apr 2016 15:45:32

Ann Ashton, Volunteer in Macmillan Cancer Information and Support, with her ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ PROUD Award.

Ann Ashton, Volunteer in Macmillan Cancer Information and Support, was the winner of our ‘Outstanding Volunteer Award’ at the Trust’s 2015 PROUD Awards.

The ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ is awarded to a volunteer or volunteer team who’s contribution and achievements demonstrate dedication and commitment to the organisation and the delivery of our services. Volunteers enhance the patients’ experience and the winning individual or team is selected for their high level of care and compassion for the service they provide for patients and service users.

Angela Eyre and Paula Lowson, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Managers at the Trust, nominated Ann for this award. Within their nomination, they said: “Ann Ashton has volunteered with the Macmillan Service since May 2011. In that time, she has brought with her, her own style and personality. Always showing her caring, compassionate and friendly nature, together with a keen willingness to talk to and engage with people from all walks of life.

“Ann makes an outstanding contribution to the work we do in the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, the values she so clearly demonstrates are empathy and compassion towards anyone she comes across. Not only the people who are affected by cancer, but all people who come into contact with her.”

Watch Angela’s nomination video here: https://youtu.be/Vdq83iK3AkQ (copy and paste this link into Google Chrome to view the video).

Ann was thrilled to win the ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ Award. She said: “It was totally unexpected and a bit of a shock at first, but very gratefully received.

“I had dedicated my time at the hospital to helping others with similar experiences around cancer, I never thought that I would be nominated in this way. Winning an award for something I feel I was meant to do never occurred to me really.

“I have volunteered for Macmillan for nearly five years now and I am grateful to be working with such a superb team who really make a difference to patients and anyone affected by cancer.” #TRFTProud

Congratulations also to Gwen Braidley, RVS Volunteer at the Trust, who was this year’s runner-up of the ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ Award.

Read about more of some of the fantastic achievements of our colleagues on the Trust’s Twitter page, https://twitter.com/RotherhamNHS_FT or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheRotherhamNHSFoundationTrust/


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