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John O'Byrne

Having spent much of his childhood in and out of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, John made a decision almost seven years ago to return to the hospital and help out as a volunteer.

It has turned out to be one of the best things he has ever done!

John, who volunteers at the Medicinema and Schiehallion ward, likes to stay under the radar, however, he was delighted to receive this award saying he loves his job, everyone is very supportive of him and the work he does and he feels honoured to have his work noticed.

We received two nominations for John and both equally sing his praises. Extremely kind, caring, committed and witty are just a few of the words used to describe him.

His nominators said: “John is quite often called on by doctors to work with children who are particularly frightened and withdrawn – with great success. He has helped many children overcome their fears and come out of themselves to the delight of staff and parents.”