Volunteers play a vital hospital role

Margaret Parr, the author of the book 'History, Events and Memories on a Journey of Volunteering in the NHS over Five Decades,' Edith Hodgkinson, a volunteer and Beverly Lester, Chairman of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the Volunteers Evening Reception.
Margaret Parr, the author of the book 'History, Events and Memories on a Journey of Volunteering in the NHS over Five Decades,' Edith Hodgkinson, a volunteer and Beverly Lester, Chairman of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the Volunteers Evening Reception.

VOLUNTEERS at hospitals across the Fylde coast have been rewarded for giving up their time.

The kind-hearted volunteers from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre were thanked for giving their time during a celebration evening held in their honour at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Beverly Lester, chairman of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Many of our volunteers work every day of the week in our hospital sites, providing valuable services to patients and visitors and support to our medical and nursing staff. Others are actively fundraising in support of our local hospitals.

“These monies help us to provide much valued facilities and equipment that would not be otherwise funded by the NHS.”

Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has more than 300 volunteers at various sites across the organization.

They give up their free time to provide a wide range of services from fundraising to helping out at meal times or assisting with the hospital radio.

Chief executive Aidan Kehoe said: “Volunteers are critical to the success of the organisation.

“They offer a wonderful service and really help to improve the quality of service the Trust delivers.”

Margaret Parr, chairman of the League of Friends of Rossall and Fleetwood Hospitals, was one of the volunteers who attended.

She said: “It is very beneficial to the hospitals in our area to have so many dedicated volunteers.”

Margaret recently wrote a book called ‘History, Events and Memories on a Journey of Volunteering in the NHS over Five Decades.’

Her work describes the history of NHS services on the Fylde coast and also highlights the role of volunteers.

The proceeds of the sale of the book, which costs £5, will be used to raise funds for the League of Friends.

Anyone who would like to buy a copy of the book can call (01253) 876841.

To become a volunteer call (01253) 306875.