Blue Skies trolley team in need of new helpers

The trolley volunteers are after more members to join them
The trolley volunteers are after more members to join them

Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is in need of volunteers who can help raise money to enhance patient care.

In particular, the charity would like new volunteers who can sell newspapers, snacks and toiletries from its Blue Skies Trolley to patients on the wards at Blackpool Victoria Hospital between 9am and noon.

Blue Skies has been running its afternoon trolley service for more than a year, and is currently raising around £700 a week.

Now it has expanded to include a morning trolley, which is already proving to be successful across the hospital.

Caroline Scholz, Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services, said: “Already we are receiving feedback that the morning trolley is a welcome addition to our Blue Skies Trolley Service, but we are in need of more volunteers so we can keep this going on a permanent basis.

“The afternoon trolley has been a resounding success since we took it over from the League of Friends of Blackpool Victoria Hospital last year, so much so that our volunteers were runners up in this year’s Celebrating Success Awards.

“The trolley service is a great way for us to be able to improve the patient experience within the Trust, while raising money to put back into enhancing patient care across the Fylde coast.”

Blackpool Victoria Hospital is also in need of ‘volunteer navigators’ who can help direct visitors around its Emergency Department.

To register your interest in becoming a Blue Skies Volunteer or Volunteer Navigator, call (01253) 957381 before Monday, December 7.

Informal interviews will be held on Monday, December 14.