Hospital volunteers praised for their service to patients at awards ceremony

Some of the hospital volunteers with their long service certificates
Some of the hospital volunteers with their long service certificates

KIND-hearted volunteers who help out patients at the Conquest Hospital were thanked for their services at a party.

The event, hosted by hospital bosses, was attended by more than 100 volunteers, some of whom help out at the Conquest’s sister hospital, the DGH and Bexhill Hospital.

Some were presented with certificates for their length of service.

In all 34 volunteers were recognised, 30 having achieved 10 years service, and four, who have been volunteering for 20 years.

Linda Godwin, who received a 20 years service award for her time as a volunteer at the Conquest, said: “I became a volunteer because I knew how rewarding my mother found volunteering at the hospital.

“I am lucky to be able to use my skills as a qualified flower arranger to create flower displays throughout the hospital which bring a lot of enjoyment to staff and visitors alike.

“Volunteering is very good and I would encourage others to do it if they have the time to spare. It gives pleasure to others and is very worthwhile.”

Steve Tinton, interim chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the Conquest and Eastbourne DGH. said: “We are extremely grateful to the work undertaken by so many volunteers in our hospitals.

“They all share one common thing, in that they give the precise gift of time. It is time freely given, in many cases a considerable amount of time, which all helps contribute to a better experience for our patients and visitors.

“The work, commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers is a superb example to us all and a great service to the local community.”

There are around 1,000 registered volunteers across the trust. They give their time free for a minimum of four hours a week with many working longer hours.

If anyone would like more details about becoming a hospital volunteer contact the trust’s volunteer co-ordinator Pat Peachey on 01424 755255 ext 8497.