League of Friends at South Tyneside Hospital make the impossible possible
13th March 2019 | by Liz Nicholson PA Clinical Business Team South Tyneside NHS Trust
They may not have a big business, but they definitely have a big heart. With creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication, volunteers from the League of Friends at South Tyneside Hospital have been able to raise thousands of pounds to buy much needed equipment to improve patients’ care and experience.
In the last year, the value of the equipment that they donated to the Trust was up to £28,000. This bought much valued equipment such as a Sarah Steady hoist, bladder scanners, couches and chairs. As if that wasn’t enough, they bought gifts and Christmas cards for all patients who spent Christmas day in the hospital, helping them to get into the festive spirit.
From running their own shop, organising tombola stalls, to working with suppliers to get the best possible deal, the difference they have made to the Trust is tremendous.
What makes them very special is their ability to build close relationships with everyone that they come across. Staff, patients, and visitors always feel at ease when they are greeted by the volunteers. They are all dedicated and feel very proud of what they do in a two hour volunteer slot serving in the shop. Many do more than one shift and there are teams who buy goods, take deliveries come rain or shine at 7 o’clock in the morning, and make sure the money is banked and change is available. They are truly a credit to South Tyneside Foundation Trust.
Josie Wigham, chairwoman of the League of Friends, said: “Our volunteers are all dedicated and feel very proud of what they do. We are always ready to help in any possible way.”