Bob Norbury, ASPIRE Stroke Group

“I started volunteering after I had a stroke. I was in hospital for six weeks and the treatment I received was excellent. After I attended the stroke group ASPIRE, of which Yeovil Hospital is about the only one that runs a stroke group. I was asked to become a volunteer in the gym. I then started seeing stroke survivors on the ward which I still do. I then got involved with the hospital charity and am on the breast cancer appeal committee. I regularly bucket collect by the main entrance, people in the hospital are excellent and very friendly and I get a real buzz out of helping people.”

Dennis Liles, Meet and Greet Team

“What an honour it is to have found a niche in retirement where giving can be so rewarding. Recently retired I wanted to do something different for society. When the Concierge Meet and Greet Team was formed it was suggested that this was an area for me to consider which I accepted. Giving from the heart enriches life and the more you do that, the more you receive. That is what I try to do. YDH and I are still happily married after six years.”

Jill Hudson, Visitor Support, Intensive Care Unit

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“I have volunteered in different parts of the world for most of my adult life. Volunteering is about helping others in times of need. By offering a helping hand, a friendly word, sometimes a hug or maybe just a smile can give both support and comfort  and make such a difference to someone’s day. “Volunteering is hugely rewarding; broadening your horizons, learning new skills, providing the opportunity to meet new people and often making very good friends. “A little time to spare, a desire to help is all it takes. It is a very worthwhile venture, one I simply love and it is a privilege to serve our community in this way through Yeovil Hospital.”

John Birch, ASPIRE Stroke Group 

“Giving of myself – my reward that I can be that extra pair of hands.”

Julia Wood, The Friends Shop

“I have always wanted to work in a hospital. I use skills which I have already – and also learn new ones. When I take the trolley to the wards I am helping people who are ill.  I meet lots of new people and learn how to get on with them. I have been helping in the hospital shop since 2013.”

 

Keith Stevens, Chaplaincy

“I have been a volunteer member of the hospital chaplaincy team since 2006. I consider it to be the most worthwhile activity I undertake. “One Sunday each month I visit patients on the wards who have requested a visit. Without fail, upon leaving the hospital, I realise it is me who has been touched and been ministered to. What a great joy and privilege.”