Hospital volunteers across East Sussex, have been thanked for their services to patients and local hospitals at the annual Volunteers Celebration Event.
It was attended by 31 volunteers who were presented with certificates in recognition of their length of service. In total of 41 have been recognised for their length of voluntary service; 1 for 35 years, 1 for 25 years, 5 for 20 years, 10 for 15 years, 23 for 10 years. This totals a combined 558 years’ service.
There are around 800 registered volunteers in the community and at Bexhill, Conquest, Eastbourne District General and Rye Hospitals working in many different areas. The volunteers give their time free for a minimum of four hours a week with many working longer hours.
Alice Webster, Director of Nursing for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful for the work undertaken by the many volunteers in our hospitals. They all share one common thing - they give the precious gift of time. It is time freely given, in many cases a considerable amount of time, which all helps contribute to a better experience for our patients and visitors. The work, commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers are a superb example to us all and a great service to the local community.”
Phil Moon, Radio DGH Volunteer, 35-year awardee said “Why do I volunteer? For me it’s ongoing pay-back time! I was born blind with congenital cataracts and after seven 3hour operations (my how things have improved!) and thanks to the brilliant care at Great Ormond Street Hospital I was finally able to see. On the morning of my final operation I had a record dedicated to me – ‘Oh what a Beautiful Morning’ from Oklahoma. I have never forgotten the emotion of hearing that on the radio and am now repaying that gesture on a continuing basis. Since then it has been proved that music in hospital forms part of the healing process…but then I already knew that!”