The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) recently celebrated national volunteer’s week and thanked their volunteers at a special supper in recognition of their hard work and commitment.
Chief Executive Steve McManus, Chairman Graham Sims and members of the executive and senior management team welcomed over 130 of the Trust’s volunteers to thank them for their valuable contribution.
The volunteers range in age from 17 through to over 80 years, and serve in a number of capacities, both at RBH and our satellite sites such as, Bracknell Healthspace. Volunteers help on the wards and feeding patients, driving our buggy service, welcoming and assisting visitors and providing directions, undertaking patient surveys, managing and presenting on Hospital Radio Reading, supporting our chaplaincy service, acting as patients on our nursing training courses and supporting our museum. Volunteers also serve as Patient Leaders, run the League of Friends (LoF) café, maternity shop and trolley service, support the Royal Berks Charity and our staff and patients in the Berkshire Cancer Centre.
Opening ‘thank you’ speeches were given by CEO Steve McManus, and Voluntary Services Manager, Kirsten Rogers, who both extended their personal gratitude to all the volunteers.
Special recognition was given in memory of Lynn Bayliss, former Voluntary Services Manager and Chair of the League of Friends, who passed away in March this year. As manager for the voluntary services for 14 years, Lynn built up an incredible network of volunteers to support many clinical and non-clinical areas. Since 2013 Lynn had chaired the LoF and despite her illness, successfully steered them through a year of celebrations last year to mark their diamond jubilee.
Steve McManus said “It’s a real honour to help serve dinner at the annual Volunteer’s supper. Our volunteers are very much a part of the staff community and play such an important and integral part in the day to day running of the Trust, both individually and collectively. More importantly, they give one of the most precious gifts in this hectic world, the gift of time and we greatly value their skills and knowledge they bring.”
Voluntary Services Manager, Kirsten Rogers said “I feel very fortunate to do a job where I have the opportunity to work with so many amazing people who volunteer their free time to help support the running of the Trust. We are always looking to welcome new people to the team, either on a regular basis or for particular projects. Please do get in touch if you are interested in helping support the amazing work of the Trust.”
11 June 2018