Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust held an event recently to celebrate their volunteers. With a long history of volunteering and around 450 volunteers currently supporting its hospitals, the Trust want to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its volunteers.
At the event, volunteers were presented with a certificate
and pin badge as a small token of the Trust’s appreciation for their support.
The volunteers were able to share warm, humorous, and inspiring stories about their experience volunteering at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. One of the hospital’s longest serving volunteers and volunteer chaplain shared her particularly inspiring story about her time as a volunteer at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. As she’s an ex-patient at Leeds Teaching Hospitals herself, she was able to reinforce from both, patient and volunteer perspectives, the positive impact that the volunteers have on patients in order to better the experience they have while in hospital.
Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Linda Pollard said: “Our volunteers regularly give up their time to help us in the running of our services, support our patients and fundraise for our various appeals, and we wanted to celebrate these selfless people, young and old, who freely give their time and energy, and who make such a difference to our patients and to hospital life
in general.”
Chief Executive, Julian Hartley said: “We strive to provide the best quality of care and put the patient at the centre of everything we do, and our volunteers support us in making the patient experience a positive one — volunteering is an important role within the Trust and we are constantly recruiting more and more as they have become part of hospital life. Their support for our patients is inspiring, and we are grateful for all of their
incredible work.”

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