Charity appeals for hospital trolley volunteers
The Royal Voluntary Service is calling for people to join the ranks of its trolley volunteers who help thousands of hospital patients every day.
The charity for older people says that an increased number of helpers would relieve the pressure on hospital staff and make patients’ lives easier.
There are currently 1,000 trolley volunteers, 150 of whom a day carry out four-hour shifts taking books, newspapers and refreshments to those who are bed bound.
Royal Voluntary Service chief executive David McCullogh said: “The difference made by those who volunteer for trolley services to patients can’t be underestimated. Staying in hospital can be a very worrying and stressful time and our volunteers take the time to chat to patients, bringing a ray of sunshine to their day.
“Knowing that a friendly face will pay a visit, offering refreshment and a smile makes all the difference to those staying in hospital.
“This service is invaluable and we’re calling on more people to come forward and become trolley service volunteers, who improve patients’ experience of hospital stays and can have a real impact on wellbeing.”
The service was originally set up as the Women’s Voluntary Service and has been in operation since 1938.
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