Farewell to helper

From left, James Whitehead, Margaret Hayes and Father Peter Needham on Margaret's last day.
From left, James Whitehead, Margaret Hayes and Father Peter Needham on Margaret's last day.
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A hospital chapel volunteer who has spent more than 30 years supporting patients has said farewell to the wards and completed her last shift.

Margaret Hayes started working at Barnsley Hospital in 1983, spending time with patients, talking to them, and escorting people from wards to church services.

To mark her long service as a volunteer, Margaret was presented on her last day with a bouquet of flowers and a ‘thank you’ card from the hospital.

Father Peter Needham, the hospital’s chaplain, said: “We are sad to see Margaret leave, she has been a fantastic help to myself and to chaplains before me.

“Margaret always shows a sensitive and caring approach when interacting with patients and always maintained their dignity and adhered to patient confidentiality.

“I can’t thank her enough.”

James Whitehead, voluntary services co-ordinator, added: “Thirty-one years service as a volunteer is a very special achievement and Margaret very much deserves commending for all the work she has done over the years.

“I am very grateful for the time and hard work all the volunteers put in each week.

“They make a real difference and enhance the service provided to patients.”

For more information about volunteering email james.whitehead@nhs.net or call 01226 434 979.

Log on to www.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk/work-for-us/become-a-volunteer for further details about volunteering opportunities.

Other roles include helping in the coffee shops and tea bar, hosting hospital radio shows, and issuing books in the library.