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NEWS RELEASE PAT/08/132 Friday, 5 June 2009 For immediate use Special thanks to army of volunteers at local hospitals THE 800 volunteers who give up their time to help patients and visitors in local hospitals are being thanked for their dedication, hard work and commitment as part of national Volunteers' Week. The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is celebrating national Volunteers’ Week 2009, which runs from 1 – 7 June. Volunteers’ Week is the UK’s annual celebration and recognition of the role volunteering play in local communities. From hospital radio, to staffing receptions, running shops and cafes, helping on wards, to offering spiritual support, local volunteers provide the Trust with over 125,000 hours of support each year. In addition to individual volunteers, many volunteers come through organisations such as the WRVS, church groups, League of Friends, schools and colleges. The Trust’s multi-faith chaplaincy team also enlist the support of over 100 volunteers who meet the spiritual needs of patients, relatives and staff. New roles for volunteers have been developed across Trust hospitals, including supporting the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), meal time support, infection control and fundraising services. John Jesky, chairman of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, recognised the dedication of volunteers. He said: “Volunteers are an essential part of the hospital team and their goodwill and dedication allow us to complement the service that staff provide. I would personally like to thank everyone associated to the Trust who is involved in volunteering for their interest and hard work.” Mary Sunderland, volunteer co-ordinator at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “It’s really amazing just how much support our volunteers provide. They really do have a positive impact on the experience patients have when they come to hospital. We would like to thank each and every volunteer for their continued support.” Notes to editors: 1. For further information, please contact Andrew Lynn, senior communications manager, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, on tel: 0161 604 5459 or email email@example.com 2. Pennine Acute Trust runs Bury’s Fairfield General Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and also has services at Birch Hill Hospital. 3. All Pennine Acute Trust news releases and other media information is available online at: www.pat.nhs.uk
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