Hospital thanks its volunteers for their dedication

Posted on June 3, 2020 by AireAdmin

Airedale Hospital is taking time to say thanks for the difference volunteers make to their organisation and to acknowledge the time they give and their dedication during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June. 

This year though the trust is saying thank you by sharing messages of thanks from staff on social media, to make sure the volunteers that are shielding or at home know that they are thinking about them.

Since Airedale opened it has been supported by hundreds of volunteers and there are now over 350 registered hospital volunteers working in over 30 different areas and roles across the hospital site. The Friends of Airedale Hospital charity raises funds through its shops, mobile ward trolley service and car boot sales which are all run by volunteers. The funds raised are donated back to the hospital through the purchase of vital pieces of hospital equipment, and recently have included special cots for the children’s unit.  

There are also volunteers in other areas of the hospital including the neonatal unit and the haematology and oncology day unit – all of whom share their precious time to provide those extras that make a difference for patients and their relatives at the hospital.

Gurmit Jauhal, Voluntary Services Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“We are very lucky and blessed to have such a dedicated team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers in our hospital.  We are and always be will always be extremely thankful for the selfless service and support they give to the hospital, patients and visitors”.

The trust also includes a ‘volunteer of the year’ award as part of the annual staff awards – to ensure this important group are recognized for their work.

Airedale Hospital also has an army of community volunteers, and staff too have themselves raised money during the Covid pandemic.

This week Lorraine Wass, a healthcare support worker from the hospital donated £3000 to the hospital community charity, all by selling rainbow badges, to lift the spirits of friends and colleagues.

Lorraine says:

“I got the idea for the badges from the pictures that the children were drawing and sending in.  At first I just ordered 200 and then the more popular they got I kept ordering 200 at a time.  I was selling them mainly at work but I know one has gone to Australia and people I know, their friends and family have bought them too. I picked the Airedale charity because I work here and I work on a Covid ward anyway, I just wanted to give something back.  I did it because of the staff, for the fantastic job they are doing.”

Jodie Hearnshaw, Reward, Recognition and Fundraising Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“We are very proud of Lorraine, she’s done such an amazing job and the badges just help to spread a little sunshine for everyone.  We’ve been overwhelmed at how far people are going to support our Care for Airedale campaign, and of course our staff; we’ve already received donations of almost £12,000 in just two months.  We can’t thank everyone enough.”