Over 100 volunteers gathered last week for the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s annual celebration supper to recognise the hard work and commitment they make to the Trust. Steve McManus. Chief Executive, Graham Sims Chairman and members of the executive and senior management team welcomed guests and thanked them for their valuable contribution.
The volunteer team serve in a number of capacities providing services to patients, visitors and staff, and together give over 1000 hours of their time every week. Many of them have been supporting the Trust for several years. This year the new pharmacy running role was introduced and is already making a significant impact. Volunteers from the Trust’s medical museum received a special thank you for their contribution to the hospital’s 180th anniversary celebrations, which included the development of the 180 anniversary exhibition wall, telling the story of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and a special film which will be shown at a number of events throughout the year.
Other areas where the RBH volunteers support the hospital include managing and presenting on Hospital Radio Reading, helping on the wards, welcoming and assisting visitors and providing directions, driving our buggy service, acting as patients on our nurse training courses, carrying out surveys with our patients, helping to design and improve patient services as part of the patient leader team, supporting our Chaplaincy and our community audiology service and helping the League of Friends (LoF) in their café and maternity shop as well as the trolley service. In addition, volunteers support the Royal Berks Charity and our staff and patients in the Berkshire Cancer Centre.
Steve McManus said “As always, it’s a real honour to help serve dinner at the annual volunteer’s supper. Our volunteers are an integral part of the staff community and play such vital and important role in daily life across the Trust, both individually and collectively. More importantly, they continue to give one of the most precious gifts in this hectic world, their time and we greatly value their skills and knowledge they bring to their role in the hospital.”
Voluntary Services Manager, Kirsten Rogers said “This is my third volunteer’s supper since joining the Trust and I feel incredibly fortunate to do a job where I have the opportunity to work with so many amazing people. We work together like one big family helping each other and patients, visitors and staff across the whole Trust.
“We are always looking to welcome new people to the team. Please do get in touch if you are interested in helping support the amazing work of the Trust.”