Thanks to Vic’s volunteers

Deputy chief executive Wendy Swift with volunteers Kath Pemberton, (front) and Lucy Brothwood during the coffee morning
Deputy chief executive Wendy Swift with volunteers Kath Pemberton, (front) and Lucy Brothwood during the coffee morning
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Hundreds of kind-hearted Blackpool volunteers have been praised for their hard work to help patients during a week-long event at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

More than 400 people who volunteer at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were invited to a coffee morning at the Fundraising and Voluntary Services Office as part of Volunteers Week.

And throughout the week a specially-created thank you book was made available to all staff to leave their messages of thanks and support to the 
volunteers who work to try and make patients’ experience in hospital better.

Trust volunteers provide support in many areas, including helping patients and visitors with directions, assisting patients during meal times, collecting patient surveys, providing clerical support and simply talking and listening to the patients.

Gary Doherty, the trust’s chief executive, said: “I don’t think many people realise just how many volunteers our trust has, and how much effort each volunteer puts in to making a patient or visitor’s experience of our hospitals the best it can be.

“It’s so pleasing to be able to take the opportunity of Volunteers Week to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers for all the wonderful help and support they give to our patients and staff.”

Ian Johnson, chairman of the Trust, spent some time during the week getting to know some of the volunteers who help around Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

He said: “It was a pleasure to meet so many of the Trust Volunteers during the Volunteers Week event and to be able to thank them for what they do to make the Trust a better place.

“Our volunteers make such a difference to our patients’ experience with their amazing work.”