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Generous and kind volunteer wins award

Tuesday March 10, 2020

Volunteer Jo Baker knitted more than 180 Christmas puddings to cover Terry’s Chocolate Oranges as presents for staff working on Christmas Day at St Richard’s.

Staff were so touched by this kind gesture it prompted two winning nominations for the Employee of the Month awards.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) team manager, Jo Yearsley, said: “I noticed a tray of knitted Christmas puddings in the little kitchen by the Munro Unit and commented to a lady how lovely they were.

“She explained that every year she makes them and they cover a chocolate orange and she gives one to members of staff who are working on Christmas Day as she wants them to be appreciated.

“I felt so humbled by this selfless act of kindness to staff.”

Matron Jackie Dominick agreed, saying: “All of the ward staff thought this was a lovely thing for her to have done. She must have also spent a lot of her own time and money as there were over 180 gifts.”

I felt so humbled by this selfless act of kindness to staff.

The gifts were distributed among staff in the Munroe Unit, where Jo volunteers, as well as the wards and A&E.

Voluntary Services Manager, Claire Goldsmith, echoed the kind sentiments and added: “Jo is such a selfless, extremely kind and compassionate person – our hospital is a better place by having people like her working and volunteering here.”


If you know a member of staff or volunteer who have gone above and beyond please nominate them for Employee of the Month here

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