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Staff Recognition Awards 2019

Volunteer of the Year Award 2019

Presented by Director of Corporate Affairs & Trust Secretary, Kerry Rogers

This award recognises the contribution of any person or team who give their time as an Oxford Health volunteer. This person should show commitment to supporting the trust’s work through their volunteering; should represent the values of the trust through their actions; their support should be consistent and make a difference to staff and patients alike.

WINNER

Valerie Sullivan
Volunteer at Bicester Community Hospital

Her nomination said:

“Valerie is a committed and dedicated volunteer, she has been a consistent support, filling in at last minute during times of sickness, to ensure there isn’t any clinical impact, all to the detriment of her own personal time. An extensive commitment to ensure that the patient’s needs were heard and met.”

On the record

For Valerie, winning the award came as a complete shock – one that left her close to tears and shaking with emotion. “I just can’t believe it,” said the 72-year-old who dedicates every Friday to volunteering at Bicester Community Hospital.

She’s been generously giving up her free time to help out at the hospital for the past 12 years. But it’s not a place that’s unfamiliar to her. In fact she worked in the admin department at the old Bicester site until she retired at 60 and went on to work in the new hospital too for a short spell because ‘the place and the people are so special.’

Valerie is now one of 16 volunteers at Bicester. She gives up her time to go in to chat to patients and make them a cuppa.

“I love being there and I’d go in ever day if I could, “ she laughed. “Many of the patients are elderly and are pleased to have company and a chat. Some don’t get visitors, so I like to help break up their day. I’ll keep volunteering for as long as I can.”

Valerie was joined at the event by super proud husband Trevor. “He was over the moon that I won. I had sworn him to secrecy that I had been nominated and as soon I’d won he was WhatsApping our three sons to tell them the good news.“

“I just can’t believe it. I love being there and I’d go in ever day if I could, “ she laughed. “Many of the patients are elderly and are pleased to have company and a chat. Some don’t get visitors, so I like to help break up their day. I’ll keep volunteering for as long as I can.”

Valerie Sullivan

WINNER

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rachel Woods
Chaplaincy Volunteer Abingdon Community Hospital

Her nomination said: “Rachel does more than the typical Volunteer Chaplaincy role. She uses creative and imaginative approaches to support patients, generally going the extra mile, seeking ways in which she can provide excellent pastoral care to patients. Rachel’s enthusiasm is infectious and she is highly valued.”

Steve Cook
Volunteer, Abingdon Community Hospital

His nomination said: “Steve has made such a difference to the team and patients, no job is too big or too small for him. Steve has quickly become invaluable to us and we couldn’t manage without him”

Charles Russell
Volunteer, Abingdon Community Hospital

His nomination said: “Charles is amazing and so considerate with our patients, gives his time to patients who are in pain or in need of more reassurance. Charles has been an amazing asset to the team. The staff are all so grateful for his help.”

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