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Feeding Buddy scheme in running for Royal award

27 February 2017

Health Care

The Feeding Buddy scheme at Southend University Hospital has been running for 10 years and has made an important and continued impact on the lives of patients and those who volunteer as part of the service.

Its importance has now been recognised so much that it's in the running for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Charles Clark and Kelly Clarke, Senior Community Advisor for Southend Council, visited the hospital recently as part of their assessment of the Feeding Buddy scheme.

Jane O'Connell, Voluntary Services Manager, said: "We've long shared the success of our Feeding Buddy scheme with other hospitals wanting to emulate our success and it's fantastic for everyone involved in this service to be recognised in this way.

"Even if we don't win an award it's an honour to have been in the running.

"Special mention must go to Andrea Turner, Kitty Hubbard Ward Manager, who initiated the scheme a decade ago."

Recipients of the prestigious award will be announced in June.