Volunteer of the Year awards

Hospital Patients Voluntary Service Team
Volunteer of the Year awards
05 June 2015

VOLUNTEER Mary Bowler based at North Manchester General Hospital and the Hospital Patients Voluntary Service Team based at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, have both won Volunteer of the Year awards at the Pennine Acute Trust’s Volunteer Appreciation Event held on Tuesday 2nd June.

The winners were announced at a fun packed evening event at Middleton Arena which was hosted by Trust chairman John Jesky and which was set up to coincide with national Volunteers Week which runs from 1st to 7th June.

The Trust’s longest serving volunteer, Phil Salter, 57, from Whitefield, who volunteers as a programme controller for North Manchester General Hospital radio station Northern Air Radio was also acknowledged. Phil has volunteered at the Trust for 38 years now and was described as “a loyal dedicated volunteer.”

Phil Salter, volunteer programme controller for North Manchester General Hospital radio station Northern Air Radio said:

“I can’t believe I have been volunteering for 38 years.  It is a very rewarding role especially when we go around the wards and see the patients are listening to us and are enjoying what we are broadcasting.”

Mary was recognised for all the hard work she does volunteering at North Manchester General Hospital where she was described as always “going the extra mile” for her patients. Mary spends a lot of her time tidying up and supporting staff by sorting out patient cupboards with laundry, toiletries and wash bowls. She also talks to the patients and lets staff know if they need anything or if they are worried about anything.

Mary Bowler

The Hospital Patients Voluntary Service Team from Fairfield General Hospital was praised for all the hard work it does taking confectionary, toiletries, drinks and stationery to patients. Team members were described as “happy and cheerful” and “always there to help.” The team has raised enough money from sales to buy two speciality beds for stroke patients.

The Hospital Patients Voluntary Service Team from Fairfield General Hospital

Both of these winners will be invited to the Trust’s Staff Awards event which is being held later in the year where one overall Trustwide volunteer winner will be announced for the Trust’s four hospitals and community services.

John Jesky, chairman at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“We continue to have a huge army of volunteers supporting the Trust with nearly 900 active volunteers. We are really proud of this and are truly privileged to have so many people offering their support. I would like to say thank you to each and every one of them for their inspiring dedication and the tremendous example they set.”

The work carried out by volunteers at the Trust’s hospitals and community services is varied, with 40 different roles ranging from welcoming patients to hospitals, helping staff in busy clinics, helping on the wards, transporting patients around large hospital sites and even helping in theatres.

Speakers on the night included Mary Sunderland, volunteer co-ordinator, Gill Harris, chief nurse, John Hall, chaplaincy co-ordinator, Judith Maden, ward manager, Julie Leonard, retail manager, and Dave Murphy, Roch Valley Radio station manager. All talked about the positive impact volunteers have on the services the Trust provides.