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 Blücher, who both handed out the awards during the
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.