Meet the Volunteers

 

A few Interesting Volunteer Facts

• Every day around fifty volunteers are to be found working all around the hospital.  

• Volunteers even help out on Christmas Day in the Shop, Coffee Shop and on the wards.  

• In the Hospital Shop and Coffee Shop combined, volunteers give over 130 hours of their time each week.  

• The profits from the Coffee Shop and Shop pay for patient amenities across the hospital.  

• The volunteer time contributed to the hospital, if salaried, would be over £285,500 per year. 

• The Friends have been running for over 50 years and currently have 350 active volunteers – this may sound a lot but      with 18 different teams we need more!

Personal Profiles

Steve Gillett

How and when did you join the Friends: I was looking for some voluntary work following retirement in 2009. My late mother and my sister were both in nursing and so I applies to join the Friends of the RUH to keep me off the streets.

Describe your current role: Coffee Shop volunteer – helping on the till, serving light refreshments.

Why do you volunteer: The rewards are enormous – I enjoy helping others during difficult times, and making new friends.

Hobbies and interests: Love reading, theatre, cinema, music, art and watching sport.

Steve Gillett

Pat  Bath

How and when did you join the Friends: In 2002. I heard about volunteering when I was a patient then when I finished work decided it was a way I could give something back.

Describe your current role: Coffee Shop volunteer.

Why do you volunteer: I like meeting people as they come through the Coffee Shop. I see lots of old friends and it is a social time.

Hobbies and interests: Playing skittles, captain of skittles team. Looking after grandchildren.

Pat Bath

Sheila Bigwood

How and when did you join the Friends: Joined 11-12 years ago. A friend said how much she enjoyed it and persuaded me to join.

Describe your current role: Shop volunteer, helping on the till, serving patients, staff and visitors.

Why do you volunteer: A good excuse not to do housework, you meet some very interesting people and I enjoy it very much.

Hobbies and interests: Puzzles, wine-tasting, walking and gardening.

Sheila Bigwood

Caroline MacDonald

How and when did you join the Friends: In 2013 after I was a patient here The cheerful volunteer serving me drinks brightened up my day.

Describe you current role: Ward volunteer, serving drinks to patients and providing a listening ear.

Why do you volunteer: The chance to meet new people and have a chat. I have made friends with other volunteers.

Hobbies and interests: Dog walking, cross stitch, zumba and have started studying English at further education classes.

Caroline Macdonald

Philippa Turner

How and when did you join the Friends: I joined 2 years ago to help out.

Describe your current role: Ward volunteer, serving drinks and providing a listening ear.

Why do you volunteer: To make a difference to a patient’s day. The offer of a cuppa may help to normalise a stressful situation. I have time on my hands and feel a need to be connected and useful.

Phillipa Turner – Ward Volunteer

Debbie Bland

How and when did you join the Friends: Have been volunteering for 8 years now, I joined to hlp make a difference.

Describe your current role: Volunteering in the A&E, serving drinks, providing a listening ear to patients and families.

Why do you volunteer: It is a great pleasure to help bring a smile, helping to calm upset patients and families. Knowing that I have done something positive makes me feel good.

Debbie Bland