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Volunteers recognised with a prestigious Queen's Award

Published 02/06/2016
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Hundreds of volunteers who selflessly give up their time to work for Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust have been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

The group of more than 500 volunteers was personally approved by Her Majesty the Queen to receive the award, which is known as the MBE for volunteer groups. It recognises the great impact and contribution which the group makes in the way they support the Trust and the wider community.

Dr Nigel Sturrock, Executive Medical Director for the Trust, revealed the big news at a volunteer breakfast, which took place at the start of Volunteers’ Week.

He said: “The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service represents a tremendous achievement. All our volunteers should feel immensely proud of the recognition which this award represents. They embody the highest standards of the Trust’s values and behaviours, and play an invaluable part in the smooth running of the hospitals day in, day out. We are immensely proud of all of them and of their achievement.”

Volunteer Mary Payne and Jackie Marriott, Assistant Head of Facilities, were invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace as recognition for the Trust’s achievement.

Mary, who has volunteered for 10 years, said: “It was an incredible day. I felt very honoured, and very excited to be chosen to go. I felt as if I was representing all of us. It was wonderful.”

Mary, 66, volunteers for two days a week, working in the bereavement service, the Patient Advice Liaison Service and supporting the registrar. She got involved after leaving her job as a nurse at the DRI.

She said: “I had to retire early, so this scratches my itch. I love coming to the hospital. I think of the two days I volunteer as my spa days; days when it is just me, helping people. We all come for different reasons, but for everyone, it’s because we care.”

For Ken Guy, 76, it was a change in lifestyle which brought him to his role with the Trust. Ken is a familiar face to many hospital visitors as a meeter and greeter on the ground floor. He also works in the Nightingale Macmillan Unit, supporting staff and talking with patients and families.

He said: “I enjoyed it right from the start. I get inspired by the people I meet, especially in the Macmillan Unit. The worst thing that could happen is if they said I couldn’t come anymore.”

Volunteers cover more than 80 roles at the Royal Derby Hospital and London Road Community Hospital, ranging from delivering newspapers and driving patients to different departments, to talking with patients and providing a helping hand in the A&E.

Roger Blount, 75, is one of the buggy drivers at the Royal Derby Hospital. In the six years since he started volunteering he has delivered newspapers, helped in the Medical Assessment Unit , and now works on the bereavement desk, as well as buggy driving.

He said: “I have a philosophy in life that if I get up and put my feet on the floor in a morning, it’s a good day. Every time I see someone struggle, I think ‘there but for the grace of God goes me’. I know I’m lucky, so I want to help people who need a bit of help. I’m so grateful that I’m fit and healthy at 75 that I want to give something back.”

 

Queens award for voluntary services
Last Modified 02/06/2016