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Execs serve up a big thank you to hospital volunteers

A hospital's executives swapped roles with volunteers to serve a celebratory Christmas lunch to 50 of its volunteer force and thank them for their dedicated work throughout the year.

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Volunteers provide a vital function at The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust, supporting clinical staff in a variety of ways and helping with patients and visitors.

The trust currently has 120 volunteers across its three sites: at its Harlow hospital, at St Margaret's Hospital in Epping and the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishops Stortford. The volunteers perform a variety of duties, including running stroke patient support groups in Epping, as well as working in admin, A&E, pathology, biochemistry, maternity, children's departments, and catering. There are also students from Harlow, Hertford regional and Epping colleges committing over six months volunteering for their Health and Social Care courses. Voluntary Services also include the Patient Panel and the Chaplaincy.

The lunch was organised by Voluntary Services Manager Arzum Tuzci, together with catering staff. Miss Tuzci said: "As a busy trust serving a population of 350,000 we could not function without these unsung helpers. They come from all areas and can vary in age from 17 to 93, but they have one thing in common: the dedication they show to our service. We wanted to say a big thank you to them all, with a bit of festive fun."

Vounteer Sheila Hewlett said: "You get great satisfaction knowing that a bit of your spare time can help people in our community. If you are able to give some time, I would encourage you to join us in this really rewarding work."

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