Derbyshire hospital volunteers are to be honoured

VOLUNTEERS generously gave 130,000 hours of their free time to support patients and staff at two Derbyshire hospitals.

Now Derby Hospitals is hosting a number of events during Volunteers’ Week to thank them.

More than 830 volunteers play a vital role in meeting the needs of patients, said a spokesman for London Road Community Hospital and the Royal Derby Hospital.

Of these, 318 are Trust Volunteers, while the rest are from organisations including; the Leagues of Friends, Nightingale Macmillan Unit, CAMTAD, Umbrella, Parkinson’s and Sight Support – Derbyshire (formally DAB).

Last year the Trust acknowledged the amazing achievement of more than 625 years of service at the Volunteering Long Service awards.

Richard Ball, voluntary services co-ordinator, said: “The collective effort of these committed volunteers makes a vast difference to the patients’ experience in the hospital setting. Whether it’s helping out on a ward or driving the patient buggy, all our volunteers play a vital role in supporting our patients.

“The Trust would like to say an enormous thank you to all the hospital volunteers who selflessly give their time to patients, visitors and staff.”

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, From June 1 to June 7, the Trust Volunteers are being treated to an evening meal, breakfast and a day trip to the BBC Gardener’s World event at Birmingham’s NEC, all paid for by charitable funds. There will also be cake sales at the Royal Derby Hospital and London Road Community Hospital to raise funds for similar trips next year.

The volunteers work in more than 90 different areas of the hospital, directly or indirectly supporting patients and staff. Volunteers from the Leagues of Friends also raised more than £330,000 last year towards the purchasing of equipment and helping to improve areas of the Trust for the benefit of patients.