As part of Volunteers’ Week* Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) thanked their volunteers at a special event held on Thursday 7 June 2018.
SASH, have a team of 230 volunteers who have a vital role in contributing to the quality care of patients by supporting teams across the hospital. Volunteers undertake a wide range of roles including; administrative support, welcoming patients and visitors at the information desk, running the bookshop along with maintaining the hospital gardens and fish tanks in waiting rooms.
The event attended by many of the volunteers was opened by Jane Dickson, chief nurse. Jane said: “Each year our volunteers give thousands of hours of their time to help staff, patients and visitors at SASH. It is important to recognise this, celebrate and thank our volunteers for their hard work.”
Joy Matthews, volunteers’ manager at SASH said: “I believe in the value of volunteering and how it can provide a sense of purpose and belonging. In turn volunteers give a huge amount of time to patients who are receiving treatment here at the hospital and we are proud to have a dedicated, loyal and diverse range of volunteers to support teams within the hospital.”
Included in those celebrated are 65 volunteers who work within the East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, offering support through complementary therapies and counselling, for people living with cancer.
Shelagh Sheldrick, East Surrey Macmillan Cancer Support Centre manager said: “Since opening the centre in January 2016, we have provided support to in excess of 7,000 people, with approximately 1,000 individuals registered to use the service. The volunteers have offered an incredible amount of support to people affected by cancer and the centre enables visitors to receive information and support for patients, their family, friends and carers in a non-clinical and relaxed environment.”