Friday the 24th of June saw more than 90 Volunteers attend the
second annual Volunteer Celebration event organised by the
Foundation Trust's Health Improvement Service.
The event, which this year included volunteers from across the
Foundation Trust, was held at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield. The
evening event included a presentation, with Tom Hunt Commercial
Director for the Foundation Trust, highlighting the important
contribution that volunteers make to our services and the
presentation of seven awards to seven volunteers of the
The winners of the awards were nominated by the volunteers of
each service and teams such as the Friends of Darlington Memorial
Hospital, the Get Active Team, Healthworks and the volunteer
service from Bishop Auckland Hospital.
Steve Lovell, Health Improvement Lead with the Health
Improvement Service said "Volunteers are vital to our services and
it's a genuine honor to recognize their contribution at an event
such as this. Volunteers across the Foundation Trust enable
services to accomplish tasks that we would not usually be able to
The event also raised £287 through a raffle of prizes donated by
staff, which will be donated to the North Air Ambulance
Phil Gover Senior Health Improvement Manager said "It's a
pleasure to celebrate the work of our volunteers, we are extremely
proud of their collective achievements. We will continue to
develop volunteering, as a healthy activity, as we move forward
with our wider health improving plans."
Pictured: Philip Quinn a volunteer from Healthworks receives his
award from Tom Hunt, Commercial Director of County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
Published: 7 July 2011
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham