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Southend Hospital says thank you to its volunteers

11 June 2018


Southend Hospital volunteers were awarded for their dedication and long service at the recent fifth Volunteer Achievement Awards, which took place on Thursday 7 June.

The event, held during National Volunteering Week, was combined with a thank you party for all volunteers, which was held at the Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend.

Scores of volunteers enjoyed a welcome drink and a slap-up tea of scones, sandwiches and cake - a real big NHS7Tea - and was attended by the hospital's Chairman Alan Tobias OBE and Director of Nursing, Denise Townsend, who both handed  out the awards during the evening.

Paying tribute to the hospital's 450 volunteers, Mr Tobias said: "Thank you for all you do. Your dedication and selflessness helps improve the hospital experience for patients, their families and staff."


Denise Townsend, Director of Nursing, said: "It was a lovely event and a real pleasure to see so many familiar volunteer faces attending. Each of them make such a positive difference and it was a great to take the opportunity to chat to them about why volunteer at Southend Hospital, thank them for their continued work and celebrate their much deserved success. They are a real jewel in the crown of the hospital and a true inspiration to us all."


Merit award winners

Lifetime achievement award - Marjorie Hockley, 84 from Westcliff and Jean Cutler, 71 from Wakering

Chairman's Award - Nutritional Questionnaire Team: Kamlesh Shaunak, 69, from Westcliff; Lilian Britton, 70, from Rochford;  Helen Townsend, 59, Hockley

The Joyce Long Fundraising Award - Nigel Folkard, Thorpe Bay

Inspirational volunteer - Lee Pankhurst, 56, Westcliff, dementia befriender

Unsung Hero(es) - Carecars Booking Clerks

Doreen Harding; Sheila Harrington; Brenda Dowton; Norma Cummins; Zai Hibbell; Roger Tisi; Barbara Gale; John Whiddon; Peter Smith; Carol Duffy; Jean Watts; Frances Tapsfield; Len Witham; Sheila Dobisz; Audrey Churcher


Personal Challenge Award - James Cunningham, 40, Thorpe Bay

Volunteer Team Award - Complaints Team, Faith McClure, 60, from Shoebury; Moira McCann, 63, from Southend; Sakshi Mahajan, 28, from Westcliff


And lastly… a special thank you for 45 years of volunteering went to Pearl Naylor, still going strong at 93 years young.


Pearl, from Thorpe Bay, started her volunteering way back in 1973, first at Rochford Hospital, then at Southend Hospital.  She also worked with stroke patients at the now defunct Balmoral Hospital in Westcliff.


Pearl helped set up the hospital's information desks more than two decades ago, and has been a fixture on the middle desk (old main entrance) ever since.


Long Service Awards

This group of volunteers perform a vital role. They are often the patient's first experience of our hospital, whether it be driving the patient to their appointment, or giving them directions when they get here, important at what can be an anxious time.


Joy Bateman, 87, Shoebury, information desk volunteer

Mick Crane, 76, Rochford, Feeding Buddy, Bedwell Ward

Eleanor Dalton, 82, Benfleet, volunteer, children's unit

Janet Davis, 74, Shoebury, Feeding Buddy

Michael Green, 84, Westcliff, renal unit driver

May Hamilton, 78, Thorpe Bay, voluntary driver and Breatheeasy fundraiser

Sylvia Holland, 72, Leigh, outpatients guide and charity shop volunteer

Elaine Mullan, 66, Southend, Southend Hospital Radio

Les Orford, 77, Southend, Carecars driver

Lesley Parry 74, Leigh, guide, main outpatients 

Valerie Rose, 73, Canvey, Canvey Clinic phlebotomy volunteer

Susan Wright, 74, Shoebury, Eye Unit volunteer