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Celebrating Southend Hospital volunteers

13 June 2019


Southend University Hospital volunteers were awarded for their dedication and long service at the sixth Volunteer Achievement Awards on Thursday 6 June afternoon.

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.

The hospital has around 450 volunteers, who between them rack up a staggering 2,176 unpaid hours of volunteering a week - an average of more than half a day a week per volunteer. Some do as little as an hour, some 15-20 hours a week.

More than 100 volunteers were treated to a welcome drink and a celebration afternoon tea in recognition of their hard work. The event was attended by hospital Chairman Alan Tobias and Managing Director Yvonne Bl├╝cher, who both handed out the awards during the event.

Paying tribute, Mr Tobias said: "We really cannot thank you enough or often enough for all the hard work that you do. The hospital would be lost without its volunteers. "

There were a total of seven award winners and 14 long service (10 years or more) award winners. The award winners were:Chairman's Award Dr Simon Joel, Lifetime Achievement Award  John Thorogood, The Joyce Long Fundraising Award  Christine and David Searle, Unsung Hero  David Wiggins, Happy to Help Award  Ray Freeman, Personal Challenge Award Kerry Jefferies, Team Award A&E to GP: Marilyn Glass; Pam Squibb; Roger Tisi; Sean Edwards; June Wright; Julia Daniels; James Cunningham; Pam Dawson; Val Wilkinson.

Long service medal recipients: Margaret Allen, Jean Cassidy, Brian Cook, Norma Cummins, Karen Curtis, Alan Hooper, John Pearce, Barry Petts, Mike Sharman, Loretta Shulton, Robert Smith, Sue Stoneham, Beryl Thompson and Sue Walmsley.