As part of #VolunteersWeek, we have asked some our Volunteers why they chose to apply for the many roles around the hospital.
Denys Barber has been volunteering at Blackpool Victoria Hospital for 10 years. Here he explains why he became a Volunteer…
“I couldn’t have wished for better care than when my mum was admitted into Victoria Hospital a few years ago: her treatment was first class and she was looked after so well that she didn’t want to leave the ward!
“In becoming a volunteer I felt that this was one way in which I could repay the debt we as a family have to the hospital and its staff. Without this care she would not have enjoyed four more years of life.
“I was a teacher for more than 30 years and when I retired I wanted to keep involved with people in a caring and helping role. Victoria Hospital fitted the bill perfectly.
“You feel wanted and needed which gives you a good feeling inside. I didn’t just want to live out my retirement feeling alone and unwanted.
“The staff in the hospital are always very welcoming and supportive and treat you as one of the team which again is a good feeling to have.
“But most importantly the patients are very grateful for the help you give and often show their appreciation with kind words and smiles.
“Last but not least the staff often say ‘We couldn’t have managed without you’ which gives you a real buzz.’’
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer at the Trust, please visit www.bfwh.nhs.uk/volunteers