Volunteers Week: Why our volunteers get involved

A Nottingham Hospitals Charity volunteer stands in the corridor of the hospital whilst wearing a Nottingham Hospitals Charity volunteer t-shirt

Posted on: 06 Jun 2024

Each year our team of wonderful volunteers give up their time to help out at our events, visit our fundraisers at theirs, help run our Charity Hub, and support patients and their visitors in finding their way around the hospitals. Each of them has their individual reasons for becoming a volunteer, and during Volunteers Week, we wanted to hear directly from them about why they chose to get involved.

Emily

Emily

I volunteer because it connects me to Nottingham, the people within my community, and I feel like I’m part of something bigger. I’ve been living in Nottingham for nearly nine years, having studied at a local university and then settling down with a full-time job, volunteering for the community that I now call home feels like I’m making a difference to where I live and brings out the best in me.

James

James

I got into volunteering when my nephew developed Leukaemia last August. It really opened my eyes with what people are going through and how dependent we are with the NHS, so I wanted to give something back. It is very rewarding just knowing that I can make a difference.

Rosie

Rosie

As an oncology patient it’s truly satisfying, and worthwhile experience, knowing I am giving something back to those who are helping myself and others alike.
Virginia

Virginia

I have been volunteering for Nottingham Hospitals Charity for many years and I’ve been trying to help out at events when I can. I absolutely love helping out at the variety of things that I’ve been to.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity have funded my role as a Complementary Therapy Nurse for children and young people at NUH since 2006. I will always be so grateful for all the support the Charity has given me over the years so it is a pleasure to help out at events whenever I can.

Pauline

Pauline

I'm so proud to bring added value to the NUH in my roles as a volunteer.

My role within the charity area of NUH gives me a great sense of connection to others in the community, always meeting new people.

I feel a sense of purpose and the role is really rewarding knowing you are helping a worthwhile charity, all this along with a great team spirit.

Helping out with the smallest tasks, which are varied, can make a real difference to the lives of people and the charity itself.

Not only does volunteering improve the lives of others, it can also improve your own life, connecting you to others, allowing new and diverse friendships to form by working together.

I would highly recommend anyone to volunteer, it is a ‘win win’ situation.

Pippa

I volunteer to give back to my local community and help in any way I can. I want to be a doctor when I’m older, so the experience I have gained has been so useful. I have loved all the volunteering I have done, it’s so nice to be able to connect with people from different walks of life.

A huge thank you to all our fantastic volunteers who have given up their time to support us over the past 17 years. If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer, please click the link below.

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