Trust celebrates as two long serving volunteers say farewell

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Trust celebrates as two long serving volunteers say farewell
20 July 2016

TWO long serving volunteers who have dedicated a staggering 55 years of combined service at The Royal Oldham Hospital have finally decided to call it a day.

Marjorie Bamforth, 89, from Royton, and Lilian Hall, 84, from Grotton, have served as volunteers at The Royal Oldham Hospital for over 28 years and over 27 years respectively.

To celebrate all of the hard work and time the two ladies have put in at the hospital, which is run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, colleagues and friends gathered to wish them a fond farewell and to celebrate with tea and cake.

Marjorie and Lilian, who both volunteer in the Admissions department, joined with their friends on Thursday 14th July at 11.30am to celebrate before they leave.

Joanne McAllister, Voluntary Service Manager at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“We are extremely proud of the support and dedication these ladies have given the Trust as volunteers. They are our longest serving volunteers at the Trust and  they will be missed by all the staff at the The Royal Oldham Hospital. I wish they both well for the future.”

Marjorie first started working as a volunteer at The Royal Oldham Hospital in December 1987 as a hostess. At that time there were only a handful of volunteers working at the hospital and she had to wear a white coat, which meant that she was often mistaken as a doctor.

Since then she has regularly helped out at the annual summer garden fete providing home baked goodies such as sausage rolls. She has also volunteered every Christmas Eve serving refreshments to the carol singers who visit the wards, using her own crockery and cups.

She has also volunteered in the hospital chapel, library service, blood donor service, and on various wards and in the Outpatients department.

Away from volunteering, Marjorie completed a parachute jump for her 70th birthday and climbed Mount Snowdon with her family in 2007. She also won the ‘Woman of Oldham’ award in 2013.

Lilian first started volunteering in September 1988 and just like Marjorie she started out as a hostess. She has volunteered in many different areas at The Royal Oldham Hospital over the years, including for the library, where she would take round a trolley of books to the outpatients and accident and emergency departments.

Lilian has also helped out at the annual summer garden fetes and she currently works for the Admissions department escorting patients safely onto the wards.

Away from volunteering Lilian is involved with her local amateur dramatics group, she is a keen Oldham rugby supporter and she bakes a mean homemade lemon cake.