King’s Lynn hospital has ‘brilliant’ volunteer response

Volunteers Joan Edwards, Linda Cain, Carol Crake at the QEH shop. ANL-160818-095632001
Volunteers Joan Edwards, Linda Cain, Carol Crake at the QEH shop. ANL-160818-095632001

A charity which raises thousands of pounds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has had a “brilliant” response following an appeal for volunteers.

King’s Lynn Hospitals League of Friends put out a call for help as it is missing out on thousands of pounds due to a shortage of volunteers to man its shop in the hospital foyer during weekends and evenings.

Following last week’s appeal, the charity has been contacted by 10 people who are interested in covering the tricky evening and weekend shifts.

Chairman Tom Greenacre is delighted to have received so much interest but is still appealing for more volunteers to come forward.

He said: “I think it is brilliant that we have received so much interest from people who are willing to help us support the hospital, but more volunteers are always welcome.

“The extra money raised by covering those shifts will help us to buy even more equipment to help the patients.”

The shop should be open from 7.30am to 8pm but unfortunately the shutters come down at 4.30pm as no-one is available to man the later shift.

Last year, the League of Friends donated around £80,000 to the hospital, which has paid for a range of equipment including chest compression devices, patient pagers, recliner chairs along with a “blood” motorbike for SERV (Service Emergency Rider Volunteers) charity.

Volunteers must be aged over 18 and undergo the relevant background checks. They must also be a member of the League of Friends, which costs £2 a year.

The League of Friends will be holding its annual meeting in the hospital’s lecture theatre at 7pm on Tuesday, September 27.

For more information contact chairman Tom Greenacre on 01553 842258 or email greenacre284@btinternet.com. Alternatively call Carol Crake on 01553 841008 or email carolcrake@sky.com