Many congratulations to two of our volunteers, Dianne Foyle and Pam Brown, who were highly commended in the Outstanding Contribution category at the fifth Central Bedfordshire Cheering Volunteering awards held at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable on 4 June.
The awards, held during national Volunteers Week, acknowledge the tremendous contribution volunteers and voluntary organisations across Central Bedfordshire make to help others in their community.
Dianne, who has volunteered at the L&D for the past 12 years, supports the Neonatal Unit, Macmillan Unit and helps feed patients on Ward 23.
Pam has volunteered since 2001 in the Cardiac Centre but is also an incredible fundraiser and governor, supporting many appeals and initiatives across the hospital.
Congratulations too to volunteer Stephen Foley who was also nominated for an award.
Central Bedfordshire Council’s chairman, Councillor Cllr Brian Saunders, said: “What an amazing and inspirational event to be part of. I would like to congratulate not only the award winners and those who were highly commended in each category, but all of the other nominees and everyone who had a part to play in the evening. Volunteers are glue that holds communities together, so it was very fitting to celebrate their achievements during national Volunteers’ Week.”
For the full list of the winners and those commended visit the Central Bedfordshire website
There were a number of activities held at the L&D during National Volunteers Week to acknowledge and say thank you to our tremendous team of volunteers. This included afternoon tea at Stockwood Park and a cake sale.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.