On a Friday morning at North Cotswolds Hospital, Sue Arthurs is making her way round the ward with a trolley full of teas, coffees and refreshments. She has a chat with every patient she passes, and makes sure they have everything they need. If a patient is due to leave hospital that day, Sue will help them to complete their discharge paperwork. She volunteers at the hospital once or twice a week, and finds that every day is different: “One minute I can be helping out with the rounds, and then the next I’m making up beds. I help out with all sorts of jobs, you just fit in with what the staff or patients need that day, and I find it all really interesting.”
Sue has always been involved in volunteering one way or another. She ran a local play group, has been on a Scout Group Committee and has fundraised for local and national charities. She started by volunteering once a week at a local primary school when she retired, and while waiting for a blood test at her GP surgery one day, she spotted a poster calling for volunteers at North Cotswolds Hospital. She has now been volunteering there for over four years.
Sue has a personal connection with Moreton-in-Marsh – she has lived in the area all her life, and her children were all born at the old hospital. One of her daughters now works there as a community nursery nurse. “I can remember the old hospital vividly. Some of my relatives were cared for there, and it’s wonderful to be giving back to a place that has been so good to my family.”
So what is it about volunteering there that really appeals to her?
“It’s a fantastic way to meet new people – the staff and patients are very friendly and nice. You know you are making a difference as well, it’s so rewarding.”
Angie Pinchin, Admin Assistant at the hospital says “We are very lucky to have such a friendly, caring group of volunteers; it makes my job so much more enjoyable working with such lovely people.”
1 June 2017