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Volunteers celebrated with afternoon tea

Sandra Ingle The Poole Hospital volunteers were celebrated during volunteer’s week, with a special afternoon tea and award ceremony attended by the Mayor of Poole, Peter Adams.

The special tea was in recognition of the vital amount of support volunteers provide to the hospital staff and patients, often just being a friendly face to talk to.

The hours and duties of a volunteer are adapted to fit in with their lives and interests with some working during the days and some in the evenings or at weekends.

Amanda Colman, head of patient and public involvement, said: “Our volunteers are highly valued members of our hospital and play a vital role in supporting us to provide the best services possible”

“We are fortunate to have more than 200 volunteers working from two hours a week to as many hours as they can spare, their time makes a real difference.”

Sandra Ingle, who has been a hospital volunteer at the trust for 10 years said: “I am in awe of the nurses and clinical staff here, I want to help them in any way I can.

“I love talking to the patients; it broadens my contact with the world and it’s great to give something back.

“The afternoon tea is brilliant; it’s nice to be around the fellow volunteers and hear about the work they do too.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at Poole Hospital, contact Joy Janati, voluntary services lead, on 01202 448610 or email

Image: Mayor of Poole, Peter Adams with volunteer Sandra Ingle.

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Date: 11 June 2014

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