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Volunteers thanked for their service during National Volunteers Week.

Newark Volunteer sheila turnellMay 26, 2017

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is thanking its volunteers across all three hospital sites as part of national volunteers’ week, which runs from 1 – 7 June.

The theme of the week this year is ‘you make the difference’. With this in mind a thanks giving service is being held for the Trust’s volunteers at the Holy Trinity Centre in Newark from 2pm, which will be followed by afternoon tea on Thursday 1 June.

On Tuesday 6 June, the Voluntary Services AGM will be held in the Education Centre at King’s Mill Hospital from 1:30pm – 2:30pm, which will be followed by tea and cake.

Wednesday 7 June will then see celebrations at Mansfield Community Hospital from 10:30am – 12noon in the Courtyard Restaurant.

Volunteers will be in the voluntary hubs throughout Sherwood Forest Hospitals all week to discuss their work with members of the public who are interested in finding out more about the work of our volunteers and fundraisers.

Community Involvement Manager, Tracey Brassington said: “Our hospital volunteers continue to play a key role in the day to day life of Sherwood Forest Hospitals. They make a considerable contribution to enhancing the experiences of people using our services.”

Newark Hospital volunteer, Sheila Turnell (pictured), who has been volunteering for 23 years said: “I enjoy meeting and helping people and have made some good friends at the hospital.  I have seen a lot of positive changes over the years and I love working in the modern facility which was refurbished a few years ago”.

Newark Hospital Volunteer, Jean Stark began volunteering in September 2016 on the main reception desk.  She has since become one of our Community Involvement office volunteers supporting the department with tasks such as collecting friends and family surveys, emptying charity collection tins and administrative tasks to support the hospital charity. 

Jean said: “I have really enjoyed my first few months. I wanted to give something back to the community and the local hospital is very important to me. I have met lots of nice people and feel very much like part of the team”

Jean has a secretarial background having worked at a local school for many years.  Voluntary Services Co-ordinator Jo Lockwood said: “Jean is a real asset to the department, both she and our other office volunteers have so much energy and enthusiasm and their support has enabled the rest of the team to focus on new projects”

King’s Mil Hospital volunteer, Margaret Chisnell who assists in the Community Involvement Hub said: “I really enjoy volunteering at King’s Mill Hospital as it gives me satisfaction of doing something worthwhile for my community. Also meeting and helping people is a way of meeting new friends.”

Mansfield Community Hospital volunteer, Ann Smart said: “I get satisfaction from helping people in the hospital; I also like mixing with other volunteers my own age. Volunteering every week helps to structure my week, which I do like.” 

The Trust will also be celebrating National Volunteers Week on our social media sites (Twitter - @SFHFT and Facebook with a post a day about our volunteers, please like and share to help us celebrate and spread the word.