We could not have picked a more glorious and sun-soaked afternoon to hold our volunteer thank you party in our beautiful garden.
One of the joys of holding this gathering at our hospital was that staff, patients and volunteers had the opportunity to join together to have some fun and share a wonderful afternoon. The patients who were able to come along really enjoyed the party which included a Jerk-Chicken BBQ, a gorgeous buffet, cool mocktails and a live band.
As well as current volunteers, some who have been with us for twenty years, we were thrilled to welcome volunteers who have left but returned for the occasion to catch up with old friends.
Last but my no means least was the volunteer awards which were (Drum roll):
Most Versatile Volunteer – Two Awards
Awarded to Barry Rowan who was described by Sister Bernie as someone who is “… worth their weight in gold”
As well as volunteering with chaplaincy, Barry helps with collecting supplies, inducting new volunteers, helping with patients at meal-times and is an expert at officiating at our patient’s bingo sessions! He is also very funny!
Awarded to Adam Shepherd ( who was also celebrating his birthday) who on arrival at Mildmay was asked to run the film club and a brilliant job he did too. He is now an integral part of the music therapy group. In spite of saying he was not an experienced musician he is doing a fantastic job and is really supporting and encouraging patients so they get the most out of this therapy, which is such an important part of their rehabilitation.
Awarded to Brian Armstrong Described by our fundraising and Communications Director Kerry, as “ a loyal and dedicated member of our team who has been volunteering at Mildmay for 20 years, fundraising would not be the same without our Brian.”
Brian has battled with many issues this year but is steadfast in his support of Mildmay, helping to raise the vital funds needed to support our work. He is always there to support us at Pride whatever the weather and at our annual Christmas Carol Concert where he has single-handedly made Christmas jumpers cool again!
Most Famous Volunteer