Hospital volunteers up for second national honour

21st October 2019

A group of Liverpool hospital volunteers are up for a second national award for their work with terminally ill patients.

After being named Volunteers of the Year at NHS Parliamentary Awards in July, Aintree University Hospital’s Volunteers Team could clinch its second national award in the space of three months.

The volunteers, who give invaluable support to patients near their end of life and their families, have been shortlisted for the Outstanding Volunteering Team Award at the Helpforce Champions Awards.

Aintree’s volunteers provide patients with companionship during their last days, holding their hands, moistening their lips, listening to their requests and acting as a liaison between them, their family and the nursing staff.

Starting in 2012, the end of life service has attracted the attention of a number of other NHS organisations that want to learn from Aintree’s approach.

Steve Warburton, Chief Executive of Aintree, said: “We are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and compassionate group of volunteers at Aintree, who do incredible work to support our patients and visitors. The fact that they are up for a second national award is testament to the quality of support they provide.”

Aintree’s volunteer’s service is up against teams from North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Anne Robson Trust.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of Helpforce, said: “It is fantastic to see so many brilliant examples of innovation, great practice, commitment, and real passion for patient care and support for staff across the NHS in the UK. It is a privilege to hold these awards and celebrate volunteers across the UK.”

The winner will be announced on Friday 25 October at a ceremony in London.