This week's volunteer spotlight is on our lovely Cannock Coffee Bar Volunteer, Carol Panter.
Carol shares her story and talks about what it's like to be a Volunteer at Cannock Chase Hospital.
One popular volunteer can’t be accused of being ‘off her trolley’ - because she’s generally behind it!
Barbara Haley has been the face behind the trolley at Cannock Chase Hospital for the last decade. Every Tuesday and Friday morning, Barbara, with colleagues Pat Perry and Jean Pritchard, wheels the container crammed with crisps, sweets, chocolate, drinks and newspapers round the wards offering staff and patients the chance to snack on treats.
Read the full story here.
Graham Barrett, a retired travel agent, has spent his working life serving the public and is ‘front of house’ at the coffee shop at Cannock Chase Hospital. But he got the chance to take his role a step further when he played Santa and delivered presents to children spending Christmas in hospital.
“I’ve been a volunteer with the League of Friends at Cannock Chase Hospital for about 10 years now,” said Graham, 77, from Penkridge. “What sparked the interest was my retirement was looming and I thought ‘I’m going to miss all this, I can’t just shut off. I need to do something and carry on being active.’
“So, as Cannock Chase Hospital has given me a lot of treatment for arthritis over the years, I decided to apply for a position and they said they’d got one in the coffee bar. I met a nice lady called Sue; she’s now my partner in the job and we’ve been together for about 10 years.”
Staff and Volunteers from Stafford and Cannock League of Hospital Friends have been working hard since the start of the coronavirus epidemic to make sure that keyworkers still have access to our services.
Even though we have had to close our coffee bars at Cannock Hospital and County Hospital, staff continue to work at The Friends Café in Cannock Hospital and volunteers at the shop at St George’s Hospital.
We now have a new Pop up shop at Cannock Chase Hospital for the Staff.
Selling essential groceries and toiletries from the Friends Café on level 2 set up in a very short space of time.
Please bring your own shopping bag!
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing situation from a public health perspective.
We understand the concern. Health is our number-one priority, and that certainly includes yours.
Here at Stafford and Cannock League of Hospital Friends it’s Business Usual - with extra precautions being taken.
This year we will be raffling an Easter Hamper filled with lots of goodies, with all the money raised going to our charity.
Tickets are on sale now at our local County Hospitals Friends Café, Cannock Coffee Bar, County Coffee Bar and St Georges Coffee Bar.
Raffle will be drawn on Monday 30th March.
Make sure to get your tickets to be in with a chance of winning!
Martin Thornley, Harold Bould, @StaffordCannockLOF and a member from Cannock Rotary Club were proud to be judges at the Public Speaking Competition hosted at Cannock Chase High School. Bringing together junior and senior students from Cannock Chase High School and Kingsmead School Cannock. Martin was the Head Judge.
Here are the winning teams from each category...
A huge thank you to Harold Bould and Chris Young from Cannock Rotary who donated £500 towards our winter warmth fund supporting local people in fuel poverty!
Stafford & Cannock League of Hospital Friends supporting those in fuel poverty. Topping up of fuel pre-payment meters and supported by Cannock Rotary Club.
As temperatures drop, it is important people keep warm and well. Our Winter Warmth campaign is offering practical assistance to vulnerable families and those on low income across Stafford and Cannock who are in fuel poverty and at risk from the cold who need help staying warm this winter. During the winter school holidays we will top up gas & electric meters.
The generosity of Cannock Rotary is unceasing not only in supporting our winter warmth fundraiser to help those in fuel poverty but helping to provide £300 of clothing vouchers for vulnerable families across Stafford & Cannock.
For more details about Winter Warmth you can contact Stafford and Cannock League of Hospital Friends by calling 01785 413233 / 01785 250625