Blog by Liz Charalambous, Youth Volunteer Project Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity
As Christmas is nearly upon us, our thoughts may turn to those who are in hospital during the festive season. We are very fortunate with our wonderful volunteers who wish to make our patients’ stay more comfortable, by spending time with them and easing the loneliness that can be felt during a hospital stay.
Funded in partnership with The Pears Foundation #iwill Fund, and launched in the summer, our Youth Volunteer Project has been very popular with young people in Nottingham. We recognise that young volunteers bring something special to patients and services, making a real difference in our hospitals.
Not only do our young volunteers keep patients entertained and help with mealtimes and exercises, but this Christmas they are also welcoming local schoolchildren by hosting a visit from the Fernwood School. The pupils have written letters and drawn pictures to cheer our patients during the festive period, and will be visiting tomorrow to distribute them to the patients on ward C51 at the QMC.
Fay O’Callaghan, Ward Manager on ward C51, is looking forward to the visit and says: “This is going to be a wonderful experience for the visitors and the patients.”
Matt Hughes, Assistant Head Teacher of Fernwood School, said: “This is a great way of allowing some of our young people to see where their letters are going and to speak to a few of the patients who may like a visitor or two.”
Our Pears volunteers have stepped forward to help out and are looking forward to welcoming the pupils tomorrow. We’ll also be distributing a lovely batch of letters and drawings which have arrived in the post from the pupils at Beeston Fields Primary School. Thank you so much to the pupils for their time and effort spent on the letters.
We look forward to spreading some festive cheer in our hospitals. Merry Christmas!