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East Cheshire NHS Trust volunteers recognised at annual ‘Thank You’ event

25 July 2022

Volunteers from across East Cheshire NHS Trust came together at a special 'Thank You' event at Macclesfield Football Club recently.

Arranged by the Cheshire Volunteer's Service (Cheshire East) on behalf of the Trust Board, the annual event provided an opportunity to thank volunteers who commit their time and effort to supporting staff in providing patients with the best care across Macclesfield, Congleton and Knutsford hospitals.

Alongside hearing from Chair of the Trust Board, Lynn McGill, volunteers also enjoyed an afternoon tea and were treated to a performance from Macclesfield Music Centre.

East Cheshire NHS Trust has around 160 volunteers ranging from those greeting people at the welcome desk, gardeners, and hand-holders for patients having their cataracts done.

Following the event, Chief Executive at East Cheshire NHS Trust Ged Murphy, said: “Volunteers really do add extra value to our patients and staff and they make our trust a really special place.

“It's been a great event to attend, and I must thank all our volunteers for their continued hard work.”

Susan Davenport, who has been volunteering since October 2019 as a ‘welcomer’, added: "I love it, I like being helpful and useful.

“People want to feel reassured when they come in that somebody can take them to where they need to be and take that stress away.

"It reassures them to see us in uniform and know they are going to get the help they need."

If you wish to find out more about volunteering with East Cheshire NHS Trust, then please get in touch with the team by emailing or calling 01625 661974.

Chair of the Board Lynn McGill (pictured) giving a speech at the event.