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WWL Volunteers nominated for Queen’s Award

22 November 2017

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s 421 volunteers have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Over 450 years of volunteering has been amassed by just 41 of the 434 volunteers at WWL who give up their time to be ward volunteers, companions, dementia volunteers, flower ladies, admin help, cafe volunteers, clinical lay auditors, and that is just the beginning.

And now the group has been nominated for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

The annual award, which recognises excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community, was established in 2002 as part of the celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Andrea Arkwright, Head of Patient and Public Involvement at WWL, who nominated the group said: “I am delighted that our volunteers have been short listed for the Queens Award.

“We nominated the volunteers for the award because they really are the unsung heroes of our hospital and the wider NHS.

“Not only do our volunteers provide a great service for our patients, staff and visitors, they very often put our patients at ease simply by talking to them or lending a sympathetic ear; they always have time to help everyone and they do this as they want to give something back to the hospital.”

Andrea added that the volunteers also benefit from giving up their time, saying: “Our volunteers get a lot out of their work as it gives them time to socialise with other volunteers and members of staff, as well as combatting any loneliness they may feel at home.”

Early next year the group will be visited by a member of the Greater Manchester QAVS Assessment Panel who will then present their assessment to a regional committee before being passed to a national committee for final selection and recommendation to The Queen.

The winners will then be announced on June 2, 2018 and winning groups will receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative piece of crystal.

The Awards are presented on behalf of the Queen by the local Lord-Lieutenant.