Nineteen -year-old Holly Smith was rewarded for her dedication and commitment to patients when she was presented with the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Young Volunteer Award at the Trust’s Volunteers’ Day.
Margaret Smith and David Langrish were also recognised for 30 years service as a volunteer at Salisbury District Hospital.
Holly spent one evening a week last year helping patients and midwives on the Post-Natal Ward, before going to University to study Midwifery. During this time she provided additional support to staff and mothers, helping them with their newborn babies.
Margaret volunteered for 30 years, first at the Infirmary and later at Salisbury District Hospital. She now volunteers on Tisbury and Whiteparish wards and also in the Spinal Unit. It was while her mother was poorly back in June 1983 that she noticed there were many things she could do to help the staff and asked if she could come and help.
David Langrish has volunteered for 33 years with Radio Odstock. David started by visiting wards gathering patient requests, before running his own programme. He later became Chairman and then President of the radio station and will shortly be standing down from this role.
Luke March, Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have volunteers of all ages and it’s wonderful to see first-hand the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm that all our volunteers show in supporting patients and staff at Salisbury District Hospital. It’s always special to recognise the achievements of our volunteers, especially those who are still in their teens. In doing so, I want to thank all our volunteers for the invaluable contribution they make to the hospital and congratulate Holly, Margaret and David on their awards this year.”
Notes to editors:
The Trust currently has over 670 volunteers who give up around 1,900 hours a week of their free time to provide extra support across a whole range of hospital services over the year.
If anyone is interested in volunteering at Salisbury District Hospital please contact Jo Jarvis in the Voluntary Services Department on 01722 336262, extension 4870.
For further information please contact:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170