Friends of St Cross volunteers honoured for service

Volunteers Beryl Makinson and Doris Kilby. Photo by Leigh Cosby.
Volunteers Beryl Makinson and Doris Kilby. Photo by Leigh Cosby.

Two dedicated volunteers will be honoured for 15 years of service to a hospital charity.

Beryl Makinson and Doris Kilby will be recognised for their commitment to the Friends of St Cross at the group’s meeting later this year.

Beryl was recruited as a volunteer by the late Derek Masters, a family friend and a stalwart of the Friends.

Since then, she has done a regular shift on one of the helpdesks, showing people round the hospital to the location of their appointments.

Doris became a volunteer after she retired as a staff nurse at the Hospital of St Cross.

She served on the main committee for nine years, organising fundraising events such as plant sales, a charity performance of the Barby Players and a folk evening.

Since then, Doris has helped with store collections and been a regular on the helpdesk rota.

The pair met for the first time this week.

Chrysanda Gilbert, helpdesk co-ordinator for the Friends, said:“Once they are trained and know their way round the hospital, most of our volunteers only come in for a specific shift and so only meet up with others if they are providing occasional cover.

“We try to encourage volunteers to come along to social events, such as coffee mornings, but we understand that the Friends is often just one of many voluntary activities and we are grateful that they give us some of their time.”