Maris Codling, Voluntary Services Manager at East Surrey Hospital, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition for her services to patients and the community.
The award is well deserved recognition of Maris’s work with the Trust’s 200 strong team of volunteers, a group who play such an important role in so many areas of the Trust.
Maris Codling says: “It is all a very surreal, my focus has always been on improving the experience for patients, staff and visitors. I feel honoured to be recognised in this way and am accepting this award on behalf of all of the volunteers here because they are the people that do the hard work.”
Michael Wilson, Chief Executive at the Trust says: “Congratulations Maris, on behalf of all of your colleagues, I’d like to express how very proud we are of you. I am over the moon that your work has been recognised in this way – it’s fantastic for you and our Trust, as well as all of the volunteers that you support.”
This is the third honour bestowed on the Trust staff by the Queen so far this year. In January New Years’ Honours, surgeon Abhay Rane, was awarded an OBE for services to laparoscopic surgery. A few weeks ago, Anthea Knight, Laundry Manager, went through a very competitive selection process and was asked to attend the Queen’s Summer garden party at Buckingham Palace. Anthea has worked at East Surrey Hospital for 44 years and very much deserved this opportunity.
These are just three of a group of fantastic and dedicated staff that are committed to the NHS.
In this year’s birthday honours, 1,149 people received awards, including community stalwarts as well as well-known names.