Royal visit to the RNOH
HRH the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visited the RNOH to mark the 50th jubilee celebration of the Friends of RNOH. As Patron of the Friends, the Duke remarked how important the role of such volunteers were to the continued success of the RNOH.
He said: "All the volunteers here make a huge difference and the friends are a vital part of the hospital. You help real people with real problems in their hour of crisis and give them reassurance"
Since 1963, the Friends have steadily supported the hospital and funded major projects. These include funding the Patients’ Centre, the swimming pool and part funding of the Graham Hill Unit that plays an integral role in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a life-changing injury such as spinal cord damage. The Friends volunteers also staff Outpatients help desk, shop and snack bar.
Friends chairman Keith Reeve said: “The Friends have a great record of providing the extra care, comfort and facilities to patients, visitors and staff at the RNOH, and we hope to be able to help meet the challenges the imminent rebuild will bring.”
For further details on the Friends go to The RNOH Friends.
Here are some interviews with Friends' members recorded at the event.
|Hazel, snack bar volunteer||1.99 MB|
|Amanda, help desk volunteer||2.48 MB|
|Mary Coulter, help desk||1.58 MB|
|Derek Sayers||4.4 MB|
|Helena Arenson||2.66 MB|