A special event to recognise and celebrate the contribution of volunteers in Medway Hospital was recently held.
There are currently more than 400 volunteers working at Medway Maritime Hospital. More than 100 people attended the cream tea function, which was staged at Bridgewood Manor Hotel in Chatham. The event is held annually to recognise the significant role Medway’s volunteers play day in, day out at the hospital.
The volunteers cover all areas of the hospital – the League of Friends Shop, volunteers on the wards, back office support and Hospital Radio Medway.
As part of the event, Long Service Awards were presented to a number of the volunteers. Hazel Peers received the award for the longest service for her 35 years of service, while there was also recognition for, Renato Abeydeera – a volunteer with 30 years’ service. Rehman Chishti, MP for Rainham and Gillingham, came along to meet the volunteers and to help in presenting the awards.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust Chairman, Shena Winning said: “Our volunteers work tirelessly in contributing to the smooth running of our hospital. Whether it is directing patients, providing customer service support in the hospital shop or lending an extra pair of hands on the wards, our volunteers perform their duties with a selfless approach, and always with a smile on their faces.”
“It was fantastic to see so many people at the event. It was especially nice to pay tribute to Hazel and Renata who have both dedicated years of long service.”