Salisbury Hospitals League of Friends volunteers Elizabeth Batten, Freddy Forder, Peter Turner and the late John Rigiani are being presented with Diamond Awards by the national volunteering organisation, Attend, in recognition of their work in supporting local health services.
The Diamond Awards mark Attend’s 60th anniversary and honour the contribution volunteers have made across the UK in health and social care, with organisations nominating long-serving individual members.
Elizabeth Batten was a founder member of the Salisbury Hospitals League of Friends, joining in 1954. She became Vice Chairman in 1996 and Regional Chairman for Wiltshire South and Hampshire South West League of Friends from 1997 to 2007. She received an Attend Lifetime Award in 2007. She has also been a Trustee of the Hospital Carnival, collected for numerous charities and for many years directed the Hospital Pantomime. She was honoured with the first Hospital Regional Award in 1989 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the National Health Service.
Freddy Forder has been a member since 1999 and for many years was the Chief Male Nurse at the Old Manor Hospital where he was also a member of the Old Manor Hospital League of Friends. He was involved in organising the carnival procession for six years as part of the hospital’s fundraising activities.
Peter Turner joined the League in 1993 and shortly after became the Director of the new League of Friends shop, raising up to £15,000 per year for the benefit of patients and visitors to the hospital. He has also been looking after the League of Friends’ bungalows for the last ten years.
John Rigiani started volunteering at the Salisbury General Infirmary and joined the Salisbury League of Friends in 1993 when these services moved to the new hospital. He has worked in the League of Friends shop and in main reception guiding patients and visitors. He has also volunteered in the Salisbury Hospice and Pembroke Suite. John died suddenly on 2 October 2010 and his Diamond Award Certificate will be presented to his sister.
Over the years the League of Friends has provided support and additional funding for a number of projects across the hospital. This includes bungalows for patient’s relatives who need to stay on site, £100,000 towards the Laparoscopic Theatre, equipment for the Fertility Centre and the refurbishment and improvement of many facilities within Salisbury District Hospital and in the community.
George Todd, Chairman of Salisbury Hospitals League of Friends said: “Attend is the leading membership-based organisation that supports volunteers in the UK, and to receive a Diamond Award is a tremendous accolade. It also recognises the commitment that Elizabeth, Freddy, Peter and John have shown in supporting local health services over many years.”
Luke March, Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “ The League of Friends has provided unwavering support for hospitals in Salisbury throughout the last century and that affection and enthusiasm for local health services continues today. These four members of the League reflect all that is good about volunteering. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank them for all they have done for us over the years and acknowledge their wonderful achievements.”
Notes to Editors
There will be a photo opportunity outside the League of Friends Shop at Salisbury District Hospital with the Diamond Award winners, members of the League of Friends and representatives from Attend at 11.45am on Tuesday, November 23. This will be followed by a presentation of certificates by Attend in the Salisbury District Hospital Staff Club. If you would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below).
Attend is a membership-based organisation supporting volunteering in health and social care. For further details please go to Attend’s website at: www.attend.org.uk
If you would like further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170