Volunteers like Pat Upton make a real difference to the care we can give to our patients and their relatives.
Pat spent six years as lead governor of the trust’s council of governors, helping shape the direction of the trust.
Pat, who was a local teacher for 38 years, said: “I absolutely love coming into the trust and helping make a difference.
‘I have a chance to help people in what can be a worrying time for them and their loved ones.
“I find out lots of things that are happening around the hospital without having to read all of the paperwork as I did in my governor role!
“It’s a really worthy thing to be a part of – I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.”
To find out more about volunteering visit https://www.nth.nhs.uk/jobs/volunteer/