Staff at East Surrey Hospital waved goodbye last week to a kind hearted couple who between them have been volunteering at the hospital for an impressive 44 years.
Since 1992 David and Margaret Jones have given up thousands of hours of their time helping staff, patients and visitors. The octogenarians have worked in a range of departments at the hospital, which is run by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, including the information desk, audiology and admissions and discharge.
David, a former accountant, said: “I retired early and had spare time and a friend suggested volunteering at the hospital. My favourite job was on the information desk – you never knew what you were going to be asked and it was always a pleasure trying to help people.”
Margaret added: “A smile and a kind word mean a lot to people, especially if they are feeling nervous. I have really enjoyed working with all the staff as well; they are so friendly and professional.”
The couple are moving to Kent in the summer and Maris Codling, the Trust’s Voluntary Services Manager, said: “David and Margaret are an excellent example of the kind of wonderful volunteers that we have at East Surrey Hospital. Their dedication and reliability is only surpassed by their generosity and great sense of humour. I, amongst many in the Trust, will really miss them but we all wish them good health and happiness in their new home.”