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CELEBRATING AND HONOURING OUR VOLUNTEERS

September 29, 2006 9:10 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is this week celebrating and honouring its volunteers.

There are more than 2000 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who regularly help out in hospitals across Greater Glasgow and Clyde and more and more in local communities.

As part of these celebrations 400 of the volunteers from across Greater Glasgow and Clyde were honoured at a gala lunch yesterday (Wednesday 27 September 2006) at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.Comedian Andy Cameron

was compere for the event with three volunteers giving after-lunch speeches.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has also produced a twelve-page volunteers supplement to coincide with event to be distributed throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde.The supplement, which looks at the different types of services the volunteers are able to bring to people, was also inserted in every Evening Times yesterday.

Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde took the opportunity at the gala lunch to formally thank the volunteers and praise them for willingly giving of their time and skills to make patients lives a little bit better.

He said: "I am delighted to be part of this celebration of NHS volunteers.The event and the 12 page supplement gives us the perfect opportunity to look at just some of the ways our magnificent band of volunteers who willingly give of their time and skills make patients lives a little bit better.Today is about all of them.

"The event today has proved to be a great success and I am especially pleased to see the volunteers enjoying themselves, as they deserve our praise and thanks for the real difference they make.Our volunteers are no ordinary people, they are very special people who come from all walks of life with boundless energy and enthusiasm to give support and offer help to others.In Greater Glasgow and Clyde volunteering opportunities are as diverse as the volunteers themselves – they are all a credit to us.

"Volunteering and volunteers in Greater Glasgow and Clyde continue to go from strength to strength as an essential part of the NHS.They are part of a long and proud tradition and today we thank them, honour and celebrate them."

NOTE TO EDITORS

The three after dinner volunteer speakers were John R Thompson, who provides support for amputees through the Murray Foundation; Beverley Wellington, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Orthopaedics at the Victoria Infirmary who has volunteered to go over twice to Malawi to provide nursing education; and James Macdonald, a therapet volunteer who regularly visits patients in the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice as well as other hospitals with his two Old English Sheepdogs.

WANT TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER?

No previous experience is needed just an interest and enthusiasm to help others.We will give you all the help and support you need and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are keen to continue to diversify our volunteer workforce.

To find out more about the many volunteer opportunities across NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde contact:

Bryan Bannerman, Voluntary Services Manager, 0141 201 2748 or fax 0141 201 2999 or email

[email protected].

Or go to www.nhsggc.org.uk/volunteering

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