For volunteer Marie Bennet, lending a helping hand is more than just a way to give back – it is about a personal connection.
Marie has been a volunteer at The Friendlies for 8 months.
“In the past my family was treated here and I found all staff were friendly and very supportive,” Marie said.
“That is why I decided to join up to be a volunteer so I can offer the same caring support to patients while they are being treated.”
But for Marie there was an even stronger link to the hospital.
“My mother, Sister Highland, started working at The Friendlies in 1930, so I feel that I have a connection here.
It is such an honour to give something worthwhile back.”
Maree, alongside all other valued volunteers, were celebrated at a special end-of-year party held in the hospital courtyard on Monday.
Volunteer Coordinator Kate Munro and the Human Resources team set about decorating the courtyard and sharing some home-made treats.
“We wanted to do something a little special this year for our volunteers to show them how much we value and appreciate the support they give us,” Mrs Munro said.
Volunteers were also treated with a small gift and a home-made plum pudding when Santa, AKA Toby, stopped by.