Volunteers’ Week 2021 is underway and The League of Friends at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) are marking the occasion by launching long-term service badges to recognise the dedication and commitment of their volunteers.

Volunteers’ Week, which takes place annually from June 1-7, has seen the Friends at the Oswestry-based hospital launch three keepsake badges that will honour the length of service volunteers have given to RJAH.

There are white, silver and gold badges available to mark three different durations of time; up to 5 years, between 5 and 10 years, and over 10 years, respectively,

Heather Thomas-Bache, Head of Voluntary Services for the League of Friends, said: “Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you every single one of our wonderful volunteers – those who have supported RJAH throughout the pandemic and those who usually volunteer but haven’t been able to due to covid-19.

“Our long-term service badges are a small token of our thanks for the incredible amount of support our volunteers provide to staff, patients and relatives at RJAH. They’re also to let those who remain at home know that we’re thinking of them and looking forward to when we’re able to welcome them back.”

The hospital Friends have begun to make contact with all 350 members of their volunteer family, with many badges heading to their new homes this week.

Susan Heer, who currently volunteers in the Vaccination Centre and on the covid-19 Screening Desk, received her gold badge to mark 12 years of service.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Friends volunteer family and the past twelve years have flown by – I will wear my gold badge with pride!”

Janice Roberts has collected her silver badge after six years of active volunteering. Janice currently works in the Friends Coffee Shop and on the covid-19 Screening Desk.

She said: “What a thoughtful keepsake – I’m proud to be part of such a dedicated and wonderful team.”

Mike Webbern joined the team 7 months prior to the pandemic but has worked throughout on the covid-19 Screening Desk and more recently in the Vaccination Centre. Mike has accepted his white badge.

Mike said: “Working as a volunteer, supporting this hospital’s hard-working and dedicated nursing staff, I find the experience to be deeply rewarding.”

The Voluntary Service remains restricted at RJAH but if you would like to register your interest and find out further information on available roles, you can contact Heather on:

  • Phone: 01691 404401

Pictured:  Mike Webbern, Janice Roberts and Susan Heer who have all received their long-service badges as part of Volunteers’ Week.

Pictured: The gold, silver and white badges which mark three different durations of volunteering; over 10 years, between 5 and 10 years; and up to 5 years, respectively.