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“Your support is hugely valued” - volunteers recognised at annual dinner

The important and valuable role that the hospital’s volunteers have played over the year was celebrated at the annual volunteers dinner.

Almost 200 people attended the event at the Lighthouse, Poole on 18 January, which has now been held on a yearly basis for more than a decade.

The hospital has more than 250 volunteers who contribute more than 21,000 hours a year to the day-to-day running of the trust.

Among the attendees at the dinner were the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Sean Gabriel, chief executive Debbie Fleming, and new chairman, David Moss.

There were also many of the trust’s volunteers including Sue Stevens, who won Volunteer of the Year in the 2018 Poole Hospital Awards, and Richard Norman, one of the runners-up for the award.

Debbie Fleming made a short speech at the event. “Poole is a very special place to work and you should all be very proud of the support you’ve given for the benefit of our patients over the past year,” said Debbie.

“On behalf of our board of directors, thank you to each and every one of you for the contribution you make every day.

“Your support is hugely valued, and I know I speak on behalf of our patients in offering our deepest gratitude.”

Volunteers undertake a variety of roles at the hospital from meeting and greeting patients, helping visitors with directions and supporting reception staff. They have been especially helpful this year in assisting with the temporary new wayfinding measures in place during the construction of the new Main Entrance (South).

Volunteers work across 43 different wards and departments including charity shops, the library and the chapel. Some assist patients directly with mealtime companions, for example, serve patients food and drink and encourage those who may need a little extra support at mealtimes.

If you, or someone you know, would like to be a volunteer, or you would like further information on volunteering, click here.

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