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.
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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.