The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) hosted a special celebration event in recognition of the commitment of its volunteers.
The Trust’s Chairman, Martin Havenhand, and members of the Trust’s Board hosted an afternoon tea to express their thank you to the volunteers for their dedication and support for the Trust and the people of Rotherham.
The Trust has over 100 volunteers, ranging from 17 to over 80 years of age, offering their time once or twice each week both in the hospital and community setting, and in some cases more time. Volunteers give up their free time to support patients, their families, visitors and staff, taking on a variety of roles, helping patients with their menu choices, providing a mobile library service for our patients and helping patients to continue their falls prevention exercises at home.
Volunteers are also helping specific departments throughout the Trust including the Welcome Desk at Rotherham Hospital, Speech and Language Therapy, Fracture Clinic, the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, Pharmacy, the Charity and various wards.
The afternoon tea event was a great success with over 50 volunteers in attendance, many commenting that the event was enjoyable and interesting, whilst also providing a great opportunity to meet and talk to the Trust’s Board.
The Trust’s Chairman, Martin Havenhand, said: “Our volunteers greatly enhance our patients’ experience by being a smiling face, a helping hand or a person to talk to. We recognise how important our volunteers are and really appreciate their support and all they do for our patients and the Trust. The afternoon tea provided the opportunity to formally say thank you to our volunteers and recognise how they continue to play an important role in our services."