Last week, volunteers who support the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) attended a special supper in recognition of their hard work and commitment.
Chief Executive Steve McManus, Chairman Graham Sims and members of the executive team welcomed 120 of the Trust’s volunteers to thank them for their valuable contribution.
The volunteers range in age from 17 through to nearly 100!, and serve in a number of capacities including feeding patients, welcoming and assisting visitors and providing directions, driving our buggy service, undertaking patient surveys, managing Hospital Radio Reading and supporting our chaplaincy service, and our museum. They also serve as patient leaders, run the League of Friends café and trolley service, support our Macmillan Cancer Centre and our Royal Berks Charity.
Opening ‘thank you’ speeches were given by CEO Steve McManus, and new Voluntary Services Manager, Kirsten Rogers, who both extended their personal gratitude to all the volunteers.
Special recognition was given to Lynn Bayliss, who attended in her voluntary role as League of Friends Chairman, and as the outgoing Voluntary Services Manager. Indiia Kundhlin and her husband Jay were also recognised for their long service, clocking up almost 20 years of volunteering between them. Indiia said: “My husband Jay broke his back and spent three months at the Royal Berkshire. After recovering, as a way of saying thank you we joined the team as volunteer Hindu Chaplains. More recently, I spent almost four months in the hospital with pancreatitis. By volunteering our time, we are able to say a huge thank you to all the staff that have helped and cared for us.”
Steve McManus said “It was a real honour to help serve dinner at the annual Volunteer’s supper. All of the volunteers, both individually and collectively play such an important and integral part in the day to day running of the Trust. More importantly, they are also part of the staff community, and we greatly value their skills and knowledge. They give one of the most precious gifts in this hectic world, the gift of their time”.
Voluntary Services Manager, Kirsten Rogers said “I feel really lucky to do a job where I work with so many amazing people who volunteer their free time to help the running of the Trust. I really want to grow our team of volunteers and build new and exciting opportunities for our volunteers to get involved in. 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.”