Crosshouse volunteers inject £270K into University Hospital services

Chair of Ayrshire and Arran NHS board Dr Martin Cheyne is presented with the cheque by some of the University Hospital Crosshouse Volunteers.

Chair of Ayrshire and Arran NHS board Dr Martin Cheyne is presented with the cheque by some of the University Hospital Crosshouse Volunteers.

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Volunteers at University Hospital Crosshouse have surpassed their usual support by adding £270,000 to their fundraising total of more than £2.6million in the last 11 years.

The volunteers, who run the shop, cafe and ward trolley service at the hospital near Kilmarnock, presented NHS Ayrshire & Arran with the sum at their AGM last month. It is hoped the generous donation will be used to expand hospital facilities to allow more patients to be admitted on the day of their surgery.

The volunteers were also treated to a surprise at their AGM when an Olympic Torch made an appearance. Torchbearer, Alan Jardine, 25, from Hurlford has been a volunteer with Hospital Volunteers since April 2011, and has been chosen again to represent Scotland in this year’s Special Olympics in swimming.

Alan was East Ayrshire Council’s disabled sports person of the year in 2009, has won medals in swimming at the Special Olympics and competes in the Down’s Syndrome British and European championships. As a dedicated Volunteer he carries out lots of different jobs throughout the hospital three days a week.

Dr Martin Cheyne, Chair of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board, attended the AGM and thanked the volunteers on behalf of NHS Ayrshire & Arran for their commitment and hard work in raising such a large sum of money.

He said: “Our volunteers work hard everyday in our hospitals and expect nothing in return. I am humbled by their endless willingness to give their time and energy and their enthusiasm in raising so much money for the hospital year after year.”

Mr Cheyne added: “The Volunteers provide an invaluable service for patients, visitors and staff alike. Their dedication and commitment to University Hospital Crosshouse is inspiring. We are extremely grateful to them for their efforts and continued generosity. I would personally like to thank each and every Volunteer for their contribution to the hospital - it is a pleasure and a privilege to work with them. I would also like to wish Alan luck in their year’s Special Olympics. It was lovely to meet him and hear more about his sporting achievements.”

For more information on how to become a Volunteer, call Kathleen Blair, Project Manager, for a friendly chat on 01563 577311.