Tea parties to thank hospital volunteers
The compassion and hard work of volunteers at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was celebrated at three special tea parties.
To mark Volunteers’ Week, Hampshire Hospitals held tea parties across the Trust to thank volunteers for the work they do.
The Trust currently has over 500 volunteers, who come from a wide range of backgrounds, including students who want to gain experience in healthcare, volunteers who have full time jobs and give their time during evening and weekends, and those who have retired and use their spare time to help others in their local community.
One of the volunteers who attended the tea party at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital was Jenny Gash, who has been a befriender for the past two years.
She said: “My role is to visit people who have long-term illnesses and would like someone to chat to. It’s a great way of making friends whilst also making a difference to the person.”
Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was fantastic to hear about the wide variety of things that our volunteers do for our patients.
“We are very grateful to all our volunteers for generously giving up their time to support our staff and our patients.”