Sheffield Children’s Hospital calls for volunteers

Sheffield Children's Hospital volunteers Iris Lunn, 78, from High Green, left, and 70-year-old Margaret Peach, from Meadowhead.
Sheffield Children's Hospital volunteers Iris Lunn, 78, from High Green, left, and 70-year-old Margaret Peach, from Meadowhead.
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Sheffield Children’s Hospital is on the lookout for new volunteers to help in various roles including greeting families, entertaining children and helping with admin tasks.

Current volunteers have spoken about their role in order to encourage more people to come forward.

Margaret Peach, aged 70, from Meadowhead, and Iris Lunn, 78, from High Green, have 12 years of volunteering experience between them in the hospital’s haematology and oncology clinic, which treats youngsters with cancer, leukaemia and blood disorders.

Margaret said: “I have five grandchildren and they are all fine and healthy. I wanted to give something back to this hospital as it gives so much to families in their time of need.

“The families in the clinic are absolutely incredible and are all very friendly. I spend around four hours in the clinic during my shift, so it is a bit like a job but it’s also very worthwhile.”

Kate Stanford, volunteer coordinator at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Volunteers like Iris and Margaret are invaluable with their experience. They are dedicated to the cause and we are very grateful to them for that.

“We have more than 100 volunteers who make an enormous contribution to the running of the trust.”

The hospital is recruiting volunteers in several roles, from meeters and greeters to assisting with admin tasks and play activities in a range of departments.

In June the trust received the Investing in Volunteers standard which recognised the programme for its ‘excellence in recruiting, training and supporting’ volunteers.

n To apply, go to www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk or call 0114 2717968 by November 4 at 4pm.