Publish date: 8 August 2021
We're dedicating the month of August to all of our amazing volunteers, without whom we wouldn't be able to do half as much as we do for our patients. We'll be interviewing them and posting their answers here.
First up is Carole Baker. She has been a WHH Charity volunteer for three years.
Q: Why did you become a WHH Charity volunteer?
A: I wanted to put some of my skills to good use, to benefit patients at the hospital.
Q: What do you enjoy about your role?
A: I enjoy being part of a small friendly team who are fun to be with and passionate about what they do. I like the variety of activities I get involved in, and in particular visiting community groups to talk about the charity, and getting involved in special charity events.
Q: What positive impact has volunteering had on you personally?
A: It gives me a sense of purpose and satisfaction. I feel that I make a difference and that what I do is appreciated.
Q: Why are volunteers so important?
A: Volunteers can bring additional skills and experience to hospital teams. They help to enhance patient experience, over and above what paid staff already do.
Q: Do you have any memorable moments from your time as a volunteer?
A: I guess the most memorable moment was being part of the Charity team when we accepted the award for best charity in Warrington. I felt very proud at that moment. I also have lovely memories of events such as Mental Elf Day, the opening of the pirate garden for the Children’s Ward, planting trees in the gardens of Halton Hospital with children from the local school, and Easter and Christmas events.
Q: What would you say to someone who has considered volunteering but never actually taken the plunge?
A: Give it a go! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. And you can make a difference!
Would you like to join Carole and start making a difference? If so, you can find out more HERE.
Or just send us an email at whh