11:35 Wednesday 19 June 2013

Burton volunteers given a pat on the back for their work

Written byROB SMYTH

PEOPLE who give up their free time to help those in need at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital have been honoured.

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s longest-serving volunteers were rewarded at its annual volunteers long service awards, held at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

Almost 40 volunteers were recognised for achieving five, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years service.

Among those celebrated was Margaret Maskrey who, after battling breast cancer herself, helps out at the breast care unit at the Belvedere Road site to aid others who are battling the disease.

Hosting the event was chairman Chris Wood who paid a personal tribute to each of the 39 volunteers.

Trust chief executive, Helen Ashley, said: “Our volunteers come from a wide array of backgrounds and bring a diverse range of skills.

“The contribution they make, both front of house and behind the scenes, is enormous and plays a significant role in delivering the caring and professional experience we strive to offer our patients.

“We owe a great deal to these individuals who, through their time and dedication, make our patients stay in hospital that little bit more pleasant and comfortable.”

Beatrice Nam was also praised for her five years of volunteering.

The retired nurse, who worked on the Geoffrey Hodges Wards, Bretby Orthopaedic Hospital and Etwall Convalescent Hospital, volunteers by coming in early at 8m to help serve breakfast to the patients.

Michael Brotherton, who has helped out for 20 years, has been a regular voice heard booming out of the Phoenix Hospital Radio station.

Bill Spratt was honoured for 30 years service at the hospital including work with Burton Hospital League of Friends.

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