Health bosses dinner to thank volunteers

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Health bosses treated a legion of Doncaster volunteers who help them for free to a thank-you dinner.

The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hosted the celebration lunch to mark the excellent contribution volunteers make on a daily basis to its services.

It was attended by over 140 volunteers including representatives from the Royal Voluntary Service, Aurora, Trust AM, Montagu Hospital’s Comforts Fund, and the League of Friends of Bassetlaw Hospital as well as those volunteering directly with the hospitals.

This year a new way of helping patients and visitors identify hospital volunteers was launched at the lunch, with each volunteer being given a bright red volunteer lanyard to wear.

Trust Chairman Chris Scholey said: “Our 250-strong army of volunteers do a fantastic job enhancing the hospital experience for patients. I commend everyone who has given their time to our hospitals, thank you.”

Volunteers carry out a wide variety of roles that add value to the services the Trust provides at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough. These roles include meeting and greeting, helping on the wards, running coffee shops, and supporting the bereavement services.