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Volunteers mark more than 1,000 years’ service in Derby’s hospitals

Published 08/04/2016

VOLUNTEERS who have given more than 1,000 years’ service to Derby Teaching Hospitals have been recognised in an event which celebrated their generosity and loyal support. 

More than 100 volunteers from all areas of the Trust received awards to mark five, 10, 15, 20, 30 and even 40 years’ service.

In total, those receiving awards had completed 1,165 years with the Trust. 

Andy Warren, 73, the longest-serving volunteer to collect an award, became involved 40 years ago after he got to know some members of the Flying Squad. He began volunteering in A&E and continues to give up every Friday night to help the staff in the department.

He said: “When I started you could do everything. We used to assist with stitching and plastering, take basic observations and all sorts. Now I mostly provide support for patients and act as an extra pair of hands. I think I’m part of the furniture now.

“You see all parts of life in A&E. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, something will come along to make you think. It’s a great team and I really enjoy being here. I’m planning to stay until they throw me out.”

Two volunteers collected awards for 30 years’ service, including Roger Lowe, Vice-chairman of the League of Friends at the Royal Derby Hospital. He is in charge of ordering stock for the shops run by the group, and works for the Trust several days a week. He said: “The best part for me is that I’m hopefully doing something helpful.”

Volunteer Derek Marchant, 70, works with cancer patients on the Nightingale Macmillan Unit and in the Macmillan Information Centre. He became involved after recovering from his own battle with cancer, and said: “I think the fact that patients can talk to a survivor helps a little. It shows that you can go through the journey and come out of the other side.”

There are around 800 volunteers working at the Royal Derby Hospital and London Road Community Hospital, in a large variety of roles. They range from Trust volunteers, who greet patients, drive the buggies and support patients who leave hospital, to the two League of Friends groups and Friends of the Baby Unit. There are also volunteers working in Sight Support, Chaplaincy and in the Nightingale Macmillan Unit. 

Paul Brooks, Associate Director of Patient Experience, said: “As a Trust we are so grateful to the volunteers who give up their time to help us provide the best possible experience for our patients and visitors, so it is wonderful to have the opportunity to recognise that work with these long service awards. The contribution they make to the Trust is invaluable, and I would like to thank each and every one of them for the support they provide.”

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Last Modified 08/04/2016