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Gary is just great as volunteers respond to aid NHS staff

People thanked for coming forward to offer time to CPFT teams

Gary is just great as volunteers respond to aid NHS staff
02 May 2020

The army of volunteers who support teams and services at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has been bolstered by more than 150 people offering help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Louisa Bullivant, voluntary services manager at CPFT – which provides physical healthcare to older people and those with long-term conditions and mental health services to adults and children - has hailed the response as “incredible and humbling”.

People from a diverse range of backgrounds have stepped forward to volunteer including a firefighter, a TV producer who usually works in London, a pharmacist, and a number of people who are currently furloughed from their jobs.

Louisa said: “Since I have been in this role we have been able to attract some wonderful people who have been able to spare a few hours each week, helping with anything from administration tasks to supporting patients, family members and carers.

“But the response over the last five weeks has been incredible and humbling. I am grateful to everyone who has offered their support. There have been so many, we’re still trying to match everyone’s skills to the roles we have available, but we will get there shortly and I’m hoping everyone who has come forward will continue to be able to volunteer when we are through the pandemic.”

One of the volunteers, Gary Moran, who lives in Peterborough but works in London as a health and safety manager, has helped deliver personal protective equipment to teams across the Trust.

Gary (pictured) said: “I work four days a week in London so I’ve been looking to do some volunteering on the other day of my working week. The NHS is always there when you need it and I wanted to be part of that.

“Being in lockdown can make you feel a bit helpless when so many workers are putting themselves on the line each day but knowing that I’m doing a little bit to help bring essential personal protective equipment to frontline staff makes it very worthwhile.

“I’m semi-retiring towards the end of May so I will be extending my availability from one day a week to two. Volunteering during the covid pandemic has been very rewarding.”

Louisa said: “Gary’s time and hard-work, which he fitted around his day job, has been invaluable not just to me, but to our frontline teams. He has been amazing, and we are so grateful to him and all our volunteers.”

To find out more about volunteering at CPFT email Louisa via volunteers.cpft@cpft.nhs.uk or visit the voluntary services page of the CPFT website.

CPFT employs more than 4,000 staff who provide community physical healthcare for older people and those with long-term conditions, mental healthcare for children and adults, children’s health services in Peterborough, learning disability support and social care support.

 

ENDS


For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Interim Deputy Head of Communications
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

 

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