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Trust says thank you to volunteers

Volunteers are set to receive a treat after all their hard work and dedication in helping patients, visitors and on occasions, staff find their way around the new hospitals. Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding a Volunteer Celebration Event at the end of September. The event will acknowledge and celebrate their continued commitment. A presentation ceremony will take place with certification and badges of merit for their input. The event will be attended by Trust Chairman, Peter Mount, Board members and staff from throughout the organisation. Volunteer co-ordinator Ursula Thomas said: “The event will allow us to publicly say thank you to our volunteers for all their hard work and dedication at this challenging and exciting time.” The volunteers have had a vital role within the Trust for the past few years, but they have played a valuable part in this important and exciting phase of the new hospitals development. The volunteers have had representation on site, every day since the hospital moves commenced. During the Children’s Hospital moves they met parents and families travelling from Booth Hall or Pendlebury with an “airport style welcome”, meeting them at their cars and taking them to the new ward, as well as being a point of contact for help to anyone entering the hospital. They also played a part in the move of St Mary’s helping patients and visitors acquaint themselves with the new site as well as assist staff with the physical move. Some rose at dawn to assist with the moves for the neonatal intensive care babies which meant being on site at 5.30 am. They have assisted the staff with the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital moves by helping patients to pack up their belongings as well as being there on the new ward to help with the unpacking. They also helped to relocate patients as part of the renal services moves. If you feel that you have couple of hours to spare why not become a Trust volunteer? We are appealing for people of all ages to become involved. For more details contact 0161 276 5190 or e-mail volunteer.services@cmft.nhs.uk