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Treats trolley returns to the Vic

Volunteer and Project Manager, Roy Taylor, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital with one of the trolleys.

Volunteer and Project Manager, Roy Taylor, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital with one of the trolleys.

A vital patient service at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been saved thanks to volunteers and the hospital’s charity.

A trolley service at The Vic was previously run by the League of Friends of Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but when it disbanded last summer the service looked set to stop.

Now thank to some willing volunteers the service has been resumed and proceeds will be given to Trust charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, which raises money for the hospital.

Volunteer and project manager Roy Taylor said: “It was clear from the outset that this was a vital service to patients, particularly those who are bed bound, and so it was imperative to bring it back. The service visits wards across the Blackpool Victoria site and it is a great benefit to the patient experience.

“The patients seem really pleased we are offering them an extensive trolley service. As part of the project, we are now going to open up the store room as a shop between 10am and 12.30pm. The room is situated in Area 4 on the first floor of the main corridor.”

Head of Fund-raising, Kathy Ancell, said: “It was very sad when the League of Friends decided to disband after so long and it looked as though the trolley service would also finish.

“The Trust felt that it was really important to still offer this service to patients and so, with the help of some fantastic volunteers, the service is now up and running again.”

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