Meet The Volunteers: Chris

Throughout the week we are showcasing our amazing band of volunteers, who are returning to action after almost 18 months of inaction due to covid restrictions.

The return of our ‘tangerine army’ coincides with national volunteers’ week, which is a celebration of the fantastic work of volunteers across the country.

Chris has been volunteering at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust for almost three years. He became a volunteer after a long career at BNFL and a short spell as a messenger at Blackpool Victoria.

“I like to help other people. I want to give something back,” Chris said on his return this week.  “Before Covid a lot of people came in and this hospital can be like a maze to them and they don’t know where to go. If they are a bit frail, we can guide them and take them to their destination, instead of just giving directions.”

The Trust’s volunteers are returning in phases, and as one of the first back, Chris has to get used to some of the changes which have been enforced due to infection prevention measures.

He said: “Everything has changed, there are a few more restrictions. We have to eat on our own in the restaurant, so you can’t have your mates sitting down there. All the chairs are all restricted.”

There are 29 different volunteering roles at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. For any volunteering enquires please contact the team on

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