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Mayor thanks hospital volunteers

Ward 15 RVS Volunteers with the Mayor and her Consort
Ward 15 RVS Volunteers with the Mayor and her Consort
25 April 2017
The Mayor of Crewe and her Consort have visited Leighton Hospital to thank a group of Royal Voluntary Service volunteers who offer company and conversation to vulnerable patients.

Councillor Marilyn Houston, Mayor of Crewe, and her Consort, Pauline Kowalski spent time on Ward 15, which specialises in orthopaedic trauma.

The ward is just one of the hospital’s areas that benefits from the Royal Voluntary Service’s befriending programme, which involves a team of volunteers providing essential support to elderly and vulnerable patients.

Helen Backs, Royal Voluntary Services Coordinator at Leighton Hospital, said: 
“We started this programme with four volunteers and in a year we have increased that number to 40.

“The volunteers help to create a calm environment for patients, providing them with companionship and reassurance, as well as one-on-one attention that is sometimes not possible on a busy hospital ward.”

During the visit, the team of Royal Voluntary Service volunteers was also thanked for their fundraising events during the last year.

Through fundraising and awareness days, they have purchased a computer tablet which will help the volunteers when interacting with patients.

Sarah Dawson, Ward 15 Manager said: “The volunteers are invaluable to us. They help us to get the patients up and about and give them someone to chat to. We are like a little family up here on the ward.

“The tablet is a big boost to the team and means that volunteers can play games with patients and it can even be used to help with conversation - a lot of what our patients talk about and remember is in the past.”

Councillor Marilyn Houston added: “It is wonderful to meet the hospital volunteers.I am amazed to see how many wonderful volunteers there are in our local community. The difference they make to the patientsand their families is so important and the tablet will be a wonderful addition to the team. Congratulations to the Royal Voluntary Service team on all their fundraising efforts and work they do.”

Due to the success of the befriending programme, the Royal Voluntary Service is currently looking for more volunteers to help out at Leighton Hospital.

Helen said: “We are always looking to increase the number of volunteers we have here at the hospital, as they help to make such a difference to patients.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Royal Voluntary Service programme, or would like further information, please contact Helen Backs on 07423 467609 / 01270 278091 or email helen.backs@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk