Selfless volunteers thanked at annual Long Service Awards

Posted: November 13, 2015

Trust pays tribute to an 'incredible army'

Volunteers 151113Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said thank you this week to the people who give countless hours of their personal time helping others and also their local health service.
The Trust's annual Volunteer's Long Service Awards took place on Wednesday 11 November and gave recognition to those selfless individuals who have notched up years of loyal service to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and to community hospitals across Wiltshire.
Carol Orrow, Voluntary Services Manager, said: "We hold this special awards ceremony every year as it's so important to take stock of just how lucky we are to have such an incredible army of volunteers.
"The service that each and every one of them provides is invaluable. The volunteers really are the lifeblood of our organisation and I know first-hand that our staff and also our patients appreciate everything they do."
Awards were handed out to those people who for which 2015 marked a milestone in their volunteering career, such as five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service with the Trust.
Ron Lawton, who has been volunteering since 1985 as a Roman Catholic Eucharistic Minister, was presented with a prize for 30 years of unbroken voluntary work with the Trust.
Rev Steve Henderson, Trust Chaplain, paid tribute to Ron at the awards by saying: "Ron is always attentive in the way he carries out his work and he is a great help to others who have recently started volunteering with us."
Ahead of the awards, 89-year-old Audrey Wheeler (pictured above, front, centre) was presented with a special award to commemorate her unrivalled 67 years of voluntary work at Purton Surgery.

Audrey's volunteering began in 1948 when, at aged 22, she sold dried milk to the women attending the regular mother and baby clinic held at the surgery. 

Fast forward to 2015 and Audrey is still helping out at Purton Surgery on a regular basis. 

Carol Orrow said: "Audrey's dedication to volunteering is completely remarkable and I would like to thank her personally for the many years of service she has given to Purton Surgery."
The Trust currently has more than 560 volunteers working across Swindon and Wiltshire.
In 2014, volunteers at GWH donated more than 29,900 hours of their time helping both patients and staff.


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