Thank you Afternoon Tea for health volunteers

6th June 2018

An NHS health trust which provides mental health and learning disability services across Rotherham, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire celebrated its volunteers at a special Afternoon Tea party.

The event held on Friday June 1, coincided with the start of National Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7). The occasion included awards presented to volunteers who have served 5, 10 and 20 years at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH). A special mention was made to Elizabeth Taylor who has volunteered for over 40 years in Doncaster and at St John’s Hospice since August 2011.

Lawson Pater, RDaSH Chairman who presented the certificates, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to every one of our amazing volunteers. We are very lucky to have so many passionate and dedicated people who volunteer here. They make such a difference to the people who use our services and we appreciate everything that they do.”

The RDaSH volunteers enjoyed the traditional Afternoon Tea in St Catherine’s House a Grade II listed Victorian building on Woodfield Park, Doncaster.

The Trust has over 200 committed volunteers doing roles from transporting patients to and from St John’s Hospice in their own cars, growing plants at The Walled Garden for the public to buy, serving customers at the WellBean Coffee Lounge at Tickhill Road Hospital, to greeting visitors and supporting patients’ activities. The Trust also has a team of peer support volunteers who share their health experiences with others who are going through the same.

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to have a positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer, assisting them in gaining new skills and boosting self-esteem. If you want to know more about volunteering at RDaSH please telephone 01302 796415 or email carol.bowyer@nhs.net or to volunteer at the Hospice contact Lindsey Richards on 01302 796662.