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Volunteers young and old recognised with awards

Published 08/06/2015
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Volunteers of all ages will be awarded for giving their time to help at Derby’s two hospitals.

Derby Teaching Hospitals will hold its annual Volunteer Long Service Awards at the Royal Derby Hospital on Thursday, June 4, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Volunteers who have given 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 years of service will be rewarded for their efforts. At the same service the work of our student volunteers will be recognised, and the Student Volunteer of the Year will be named. 

Almost 500 volunteers provide a crucial service to support patients and visitors at both the Royal Derby Hospital and London Road Community Hospital.

These volunteers give essential support to the health service by, among other things, meeting and greeting the million patients a year who use the hospitals, operating buggy services and helping in the bereavement office.

Students from Derby College also volunteer, helping in the Trust’s Mealtime Support project, working alongside nursing staff to support many frail elderly patients. Almost 100 pupils take part in this scheme each year.

One of the volunteers getting a 10-year service award this year is Kate Repton, founder of the Friends of the Baby Unit charity, which, since it was founded in 1976, has raised more than £1.5 million for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Volunteer interpreter Vera Jergic will be among those receiving the award for 20 years service.

And celebrating 40 years of service will be Jean Davis, who for decades now has tirelessly helped run the Royal Derby League of Friends, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to buy equipment for wards at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Last Modified 08/06/2015