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