Volunteers praised for contribution to local hospitals

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Health officials at the region’s hospitals are paying tribute to the contribution made by volunteers.

National Volunteers Week, which runs to 7 June, is the perfect opportunity for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to say thank you to its army of volunteers working across both Castle Hill Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary.

More than 250 people are registered as volunteers with the Trust, regularly giving their time and expertise to help staff, patients and visitors alike.

Last year alone, volunteers donated 16,499 hours of their own time to help others across the two main hospital sites. Volunteers are also widely used at the Alfred Bean in Driffield.

Fiona Skerrow, Voluntary Services Manager for the Trust said: “Our volunteers play a huge role in the running of our hospitals and services, with more than 250 people of all ages regularly donating their time and skills to help others.

“From a warm welcome and a set of directions for visitors right through to help with feeding patients at mealtimes, their contribution helps to make the experience of patients in our care, and that of their friends and relatives, that bit more pleasant at what can often be a difficult time.

“People volunteer for a whole host of reasons; sometimes people want some experience within a hospital setting before they pursue a healthcare career, sometimes people want something to keep them occupied following retirement, and sometimes it’s simply because people want to give something back to their local community.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, telephone Fiona Skerrow, Voluntary Services Manager on (01482) 622254.

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