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Dedicated volunteers celebrate 700 years’ loyal service

Published 26/03/2018

Volunteers who have provided more than 700 years’ service to Derby Teaching Hospitals have been recognised at the annual Volunteer’s Long Service Awards, which celebrate their hard work and devoted support. 

More than 50 volunteers from all areas of the Trust received awards to mark 5, 10, 15, 25, 30 and 45 years’ service.

In total, those receiving awards have completed 735 years with the Trust. 

Rita Archer, age 75, Janet Martin, age 87, and Dorothy Roberts all collected an award for 45 years of service.

Rita became involved in volunteering 45 years ago after chatting to a neighbour who suggested joining, and at the age of 30 she became a volunteer on a Saturday evening working with the League of Friends.

She said: “I have got so much out of my volunteering role; it is great to help support and benefit our patients. I am incredibly proud and privileged to have served in my volunteering role for 45 years.

“I have particularly enjoyed seeing the changes of the hospitals, all for the better. It has been incredible to watch the transformation that has taken place”

Michael Smith, a student at the Derby College Academy also received the ‘Derby Academy Student of the Year’ award for his outstanding contribution in his volunteering role. Michael started volunteering at the Trust in September 2016 on Ward 308, but has since moved to Ward 401 in September 2017.

Michael said, “Volunteering at Derby Teaching Hospitals is an excellent opportunity, it has provided me with so much experience, I love everything about the role, from being around patients to the feeling of helping someone feel better.

“I’d like to thank everyone that put me forward for the award. It’s really going to help benefit my CV and further my career. I have now applied for an apprenticeship as a HCA in the Trust as I enjoy my time here so much.”

The staff on Ward 401 where Michael volunteers said, “Michael shows a willingness to learn and always gets involved to ensure tasks are done and patients are well looked after. Michael’s enthusiasm and drive is very apparent and his attendance is 100%, which is a fantastic achievement in itself.”

There over 1,000 volunteers working across the Royal Derby and London Road hospitals, in a wide variety of roles. They range from Trust volunteers to the two League of Friends groups and Friends of the Baby Unit. There are also volunteers working in Sight Support, Chaplaincy, the Nightingale Macmillan Unit and in the busy A&E Department.  

Paul Brooks, Associate Director of Patient Experience, said: “We’re so grateful to all of our volunteers who give up their time to help us provide the best possible patient experience; it is wonderful to have the opportunity to recognise their dedication and hard work with these long service awards. The contribution they make to our hospitals is invaluable, and I would like to thank each and every one of them for the support and service they provide.”



For further information, please contact:

Catherine Mellor
Communications & Marketing Assistant
Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
01332 785778

Last Modified 26/03/2018