NHS volunteers set to be recognised at awards ceremony

From battling through the snow to help out on the children’s ward, to holding the hands of patients undergoing eye surgery and supporting people diagnosed with cancer; three wonderful volunteers are set to be recognised for going above and beyond for local patients.

Dorothy Smith, Margaret Kitchin and Meryll Hayselden are just three of the many local volunteers who dedicate their time to local patients at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals.

Their efforts to support local patients will be recognised after they were shortlisted for the Volunteer of the Year award at Our Stars 2018 – the annual staff awards ceremony for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust has 390 volunteers who provide a wide variety of tasks including a guide service, patient library, as well as lending a hand in clinics and out on wards.
Including volunteers in the staff awards ceremony brings a welcome opportunity to say a big thank you to those who give up their time for others.
This is what each nominator said about each of the finalists:

Dorothy Smith – Rainforest ward Grimsby hospital

“Dot has worked on the ward for over 20 years turning up to help every single week come rain, snow, whatever the weather. Her dedication and love for the children shines through, she is like a grandmother to all. She is kind, patient, and supports the children and parents as well as doing jobs for the staff to make the ward run efficiently. Dot goes above and beyond for our ward, nothing is any trouble for her, she is extremely reliable and is an amazing asset to our Trust.”

Margaret Kitchin – Theatres, Grimsby hospital

“Margaret is a huge asset to patients undergoing treatment for cataracts. She comes into theatre whatever the weather to hold the hands of patients (even battling through the snow despite being in her early 80’s). Often the patients having treatment are elderly and very anxious. By offering them her hand to hold it reassures them and calms their nerves, this makes operating much easier and safer. She always has a smile on her face and is extremely helpful to staff in-between patients. Her presence has such a calming effect on both patients and staff.”

Meryll Hayselden – Goole hospital

Meryll was a staff nurse of many years with vast experience, knowledge around counselling and cancer care, it was therefore paramount not to lose such skills when she retired. We were invited by Macmillan to help introduce an information and support service for our department and this was an ideal opportunity for Meryll to become a volunteer. She sits in Goole outpatients every Friday and has rarely missed a session. Her dedication and support makes such a difference to the lives of local people suffering and caring with someone with cancer.”

Local NHS staff, volunteers and charity fundraisers will all be recognised at the ceremony on Friday November 2 at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe, which is sponsored by Amvale Medical Transport Ltd.