Volunteers at East Surrey Hospital are invaluable in assisting patients and staff every day, all year round.
Over 200 people volunteer at SASH, managed by Maris Codling, voluntary services manager, who is based at East Surrey Hospital. Our volunteers are a committed and caring group of people who give up a few hours of their time each week to come and offer their help to the staff and patients. We have volunteers of all ages from 16 years upwards – people from many walks of life and with varying experience, who volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some have retired from paid employment but want to remain active and useful members of the community; some have been patients in the hospital and “want to put something back”. Others want to spend some of their spare time helping others in a practical and caring way, and some volunteers find it useful to gain confidence before returning to a working environment.
Volunteers contribute an enormous amount to the life of the hospital and our patients, but equally important, they derive satisfaction and enjoyment from their voluntary role. The vast majority of our volunteers have been with SASH for many years, but whether they are long serving volunteers or new recruits, all are equally valued. Each has different skills or qualities to offer and, most importantly, they all have a desire to help others. Volunteers are invaluable members of the team wherever they are placed throughout the hospital.