Friends celebrate Queen’s Award on Volunteers Week
Trust chief executive Marianne Griffiths led the congratulations for The Friends of Chichester Hospitals as they celebrated receiving the highest honour a voluntary group can be given.
The Friends’ receipt of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of their outstanding charitable work at St Richard’s was applauded at a special lunch held at CMEC as part of the trust’s Volunteers Week celebrations.
Marianne said: “It’s a fantastic honour for The Friends of Chichester Hospitals to be given The Queen’s Award and it is thoroughly deserved for what they do,
not only for St Richard’s but also for local mental health services.”
“We are delighted that the work of Friends’ volunteers has been recognised by this prestigious award – the ultimate award for voluntary groups.”
Friends representatives attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace with other Queen’s Award recipients last month and will officially receive the honour from Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, later this summer.
Over the past ten years, The Friends have donated over £4.5 million to St Richard’s, providing vital medical equipment and facilities to help deliver the best possible service and care for patients.
Chair Jane Ramage said: “We are delighted that the work of Friends’ volunteers has been recognised by this prestigious award – the ultimate award for voluntary groups.”
The contributions made by individual volunteers to patient care at Western Sussex were also saluted during Volunteers Week, with a special lunch at St Richard’s and a tea party at Field Place, Durrington.
Four volunteers were awarded certificates celebrating their long service to the trust, with Ken Hobbs and Di Wileman being honoured for 30 years at St Richard’s and Maureen Raphael and Shirley Baker for 20 years at Worthing.
Ken, who volunteers for Chichester Hospital Radio, said: “It is an honour to be part of this celebration, it’s lovely to be with friends and to receive a certificate from our chief executive is just very humbling.”
Information stands at St Richard’s and Worthing also raised awareness of the work of our 1,000+ volunteers across all three Western sites. This year alone, more than 200 new volunteers have joined us and nearly 35,000 hours of volunteering have been carried out.