Outstanding Volunteers Recognised at Awards Ceremony

19 Feb 2018

Published in: Member News

volunteers1More than 200 staff, volunteers and supporters from the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) were invited to an awards ceremony to thank volunteers for going the extra mile.

It was held to celebrate the dedicated support volunteers give in caring for and helping patients at Wolverhampton's three hospitals.

The event also marked the 21st birthday of RWT charity. Over the last 21 years the charity has helped raise £15 million - using the money to enhance patient care and buy life-saving equipment.

David Loughton, Chief Executive of RWT, gave a speech at the ceremony thanking the volunteers for their "invaluable contribution'.

He said: "The breadth of volunteering that takes place across our three hospital sites - with more than 500 active volunteers - encompasses dozens of wards and job functions.

"We are honoured to have a volunteer workforce which spans the generations, featuring dedicated individuals from the ages of 18 to 90.

"The financial benefit our volunteers provide is tremendous and what they add to patient experience is brilliant.

"We hold the awards to commend our dedicated supporters and volunteers for their generosity and support. Everything they do is very much appreciated."

Councillor Phil Page, deputy mayor of Wolverhampton, also gave a speech at the ceremony.

He said: "It was great to hear some of the amazing stories about the work that volunteers put in to enhance care and improve patient experience.

"I felt so privileged to be invited along and meet the amazing volunteers."

Volunteers gave an incredible 155,500 hours to the trust last year.

One of the winners was Tom Penny, from the amputee rehabilitation service, who won the Rising Star Award.

Tom, 66, from Burntwood, was nominated by physiotherapist Louise Tisdale. Louise said that Tom assists her in the physiotherapy amputee rehabilitation clinic.

He said: "I used the amputee rehabilitation service for 11 years and I wanted to volunteer to give something back. I go in once a week and just talk to the patients to reassure them and give advice.

"I was very pleased and very surprised to win the award. I really enjoy volunteering and get so much out of it."

Leanne Bood, fundraising coordinator, said: "The awards ceremony was a great success.

"As a trust we would not be able to do what we do without the volunteer's hard work and commitment, so it is important to hold these events to thank them as they are a brilliant support.

"I also want to say a huge thank you to the charity's supporters and active fundraisers for their continued support."

  • Rising Star Award
    Highly Commended: Marion Griffiths - a Wayfinder based at New Cross Hospital
    Winner: Thomas Penny - from the Amputee Rehabilitation Service
  • Team Award
    Winner:  Rehabilitation Unit Volunteers at Cannock Hospital
  • Outstanding Volunteer Achievement
    Highly Commended: Jan Steadman - from the patient experience department at New Cross Hospital
    Winner: Gavin McMail - from the Drugs and Alcohol Liaison Service
  • Long Service Award
    Highly Commended: Margaret Thwaites - from the League of Friends at the Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary
    Winner: Joan Pugh - from the Cancer Services Look Good, Feel Better workshops
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