Popular Hospital Volunteer Wins Coveted Award
A volunteer at Helston Community Hospital has recently been recognised for her outstanding contribution and dedication to the hospital.
Award winner Mary Charnock has volunteered at the hospital for over twenty years, more recently being responsible for the hospital shop.
Mary won the much coveted Health Volunteer Award in recognition of her work and commitment in supporting patients, staff and visitors at the hospital.
A delighted Mary said “I was honoured, if not a little surprised to receive this award, and I accepted it on behalf of all the volunteers at the hospital who do a fantastic job. I’ve always been involved in community work and find it very rewarding.” Mary added “I just like helping people.”
Christine Pascoe, Volunteer Coordinating Manager at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “It is wonderful that Mary has been recognised for the many years she has dedicated to volunteering and raising funds for Helston hospital, this award is much deserved.”
Lynda McHale, Matron at Helston Community Hospital said “Mary is a well-known and very popular volunteer and I know I’m speaking for everyone at the hospital when I say this is a very fitting tribute to an exceptional person. I would like to congratulate her on behalf of everyone at the hospital.”
The award ceremony, organised by Volunteer Cornwall, took place at The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay where Mary received her award from Colonel Edward Bolitho, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall in front of an audience of invited guests.
Mary Charnock (centre) is pictured with Colonel Edward Bolitho and Mrs A Hambly-Staite representing the Duchy Health Charity one of the event sponsors.