A very special event was held today, during National Volunteers’ Week, to say ‘thank you’ to the many dedicated volunteers who provide their services to University Hospitals Plymouth, all year round. More than 80 volunteers came along to the event, which was also attended by Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor, Terri Beer and University Hospitals Plymouth Chief Executive, Ann James.
The Deputy Lord Mayor opened the event by recalling her own experience encountering volunteers around the hospital:
“18 months ago my husband was in intensive care seriously ill and whilst waiting each morning for visiting to start, there was a volunteer who would make the family tea and provide biscuits. Quite often I recall we were all in tears for one reason or another and they provided some comforting words or allowed us just to talk.
“This made a huge difference before and after a visit as intensive care can be very traumatic for family and visitors who have never experienced such an event in their lives.
"I am aware that the Trust operates with hundreds of volunteers covering all areas in the hospital making it a better place for patients and visitors and I am extremely grateful for the work you all do. This afternoon I would like to express my sincere thanks to you all on behalf of the Lord Mayor and this city. Thank you.”