Celebrating work of amazing volunteers

Volunteers were the VIP guests at a celebration evening to thank them for everything they do.

Staff at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust gave up their evening on Wednesday (19 July) to praise a very special group of people.

Every year staff host an event in the restaurant at the University Hospital of North Tees for volunteers who give up their time to help support patients and staff.

Volunteers enjoyed food and drinks prepared by the trust’s catering team. After that, they were entertained by the trust’s singing group.

Chairman Paul Garvin said: “This event gives me the chance to say thank you to all of you, our volunteers, for everything you do for this trust, our patients and staff.

“The work our volunteers do is so valuable, and complements the work our staff carry out across the trust.

“This is an opportunity to recognise and thank them.”

Volunteers play a valuable role across the hospital and can do from two hours a week to as many hours as they can spare. The hours and duties are adapted to fit in with the lives and the interests of the volunteer.

Volunteers can give their time through many different areas in the hospital, including the League of Friends, or the Royal Voluntary Service.

They can also contribute to hospital radio, patient helpers, volunteer drivers and in other areas.

To find out more about volunteering visit www.nth.nhs.uk/jobs/volunteer/

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