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WWL Volunteers win Queen’s Award

Newsdate: 2 June 2018

At the start of Volunteer’s Week, the Trust is pleased to announce that the Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust Volunteers have won The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2018.


The award, created by The Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation, recognises excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community, and is merited as the MBE for volunteer groups.

Andrea Arkwright, Head of Patient and Public Engagement who looks after the volunteers said; “It is absolutely wonderful for our volunteers to be recognised in this way.

“Each and every one plays a significant role in the life of the hospital and we depend on them to maintain our high standards of patient relative visitor experience.

“They are an extraordinary group of individuals, all with impressive talents, skills and knowledge, which they generously lend to us daily; they are an example to us all.”

Andrea and one of the volunteers, Margaret Collier, were recently invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in celebration of the award and a further special presentation will be held in Manchester later this month.

Margaret said; “I am honoured to represent the volunteers of WWL hospitals.

“I am sure we are all proud of the work we do to give something back to the hospital. To be put forward for The Queens Award was amazing and to win is wonderful news for all concerned.”

At WWL we have 380 volunteers who freely dedicate their time to help our staff and patients, without expecting anything in return, other than to make a difference and improve the lives of our patients and visitors.

In recognition of their hard work and their contribution to winning the award, WWL Chairman, Robert Armstrong, will be present the Volunteers Long Service Awards on June 5 and with special Queens Award for Voluntary Services pin badge.

Pauline Law, Director of Nursing at WWL, said: “I am absolutely delighted for our volunteers who do such a wonderful job.

“WWL is extremely grateful and proud of their contribution; we really couldn’t do our jobs without them.”
A spokesperson from the The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Team said; “The work of the WWL volunteers was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE.
“The award of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2018 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.