St Cross volunteers answer emergency call

Friends of St Cross volunteers being shown around the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programmes machine room by hospital managers. 
Photo by Bob Mercer.
Friends of St Cross volunteers being shown around the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programmes machine room by hospital managers. Photo by Bob Mercer.

A group of volunteers from the Friends of St Cross Hospital have been recognised for their dedication after stepping into help during an emergency.

In February one of the machines that packs test kits to be posted out from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme hub at St Cross broke down.

Twelve volunteers from the Friends answered a call for help and manually prepared more than 20,000 kits to keep the service running until the machine was repaired.

The volunteers were all personally thanked by Juliet Starkey, group manager at the hospital but were delighted to learn that they had also been nominated for one of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust’s Outstanding Service and Care Awards (OSCAs).

Willy Goldschmidt, chairman of the Friends, said: “It was marvellous to hear of these nominations. Volunteers are the mainstays of the charity, providing a variety of valued services throughout the hospital.

“We welcome applications to become a volunteer from all of the community. Information about roles can be found on our website www.fsx.org.uk.”