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Hospital volunteers rewarded for dedication and loyalty

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

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LONG-serving volunteers who have given up years of their lives to help hospital patients and families have been rewarded for their hard work at a special tea this week.

A former shop-owner, a retired coal miner and a woman who worked as a bus conductor were among the army of volunteers who have been helping out at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for periods ranging from five to an incredible 30 years.

A total of 47 people were honoured for their contribution with a volunteer tea held at the Pirelli Stadium earlier this week.

Chief executive Helen Ashley said: “We are extremely grateful to every one of our volunteers who work tirelessly to support our staff and patients. Our volunteers are so generous with their time and are committed to delivering the caring and professional experience we strive to offer our patients. They are all vital to the services we provide and make our patients stay in hospital that little bit more pleasant and comfortable.”

“It’s always a great pleasure to present these annual awards, to celebrate the contribution that volunteers make to the trust and to give something back to them at what is a very enjoyable social event.”

Among those stepping up to accept the award was 90-year-old George Finch, who has recently been forced to step down after 30 years’ voluntary service because of ill-health.

Former miner Ivan Thorpe was recognised for 25 years of service. He plans to make it to 32 years, to match the amount of time he worked in the pits.

June Dutton has completed 15 years working in the discharge lounge, and Sian McLoughlin, who used to run shops in Rolleston, has been at the RVS shop for five years.

A total of 100 volunteers went along to the tea.

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