At the age of 62 Pam King, of Feltham, may have been very grown-up and used to making her own decisions, but she still paid attention to what her big sister told her – and she’s very glad she did because her sister was right!

Pam’s sister, Norah Southcombe, had been a volunteer in the outpatients department at Ashford Hospital for 20 years and when Pam retired her sister recommended that she too became a hospital volunteer. Eleven years later Pam, of Feltham, is still a twice-a-week volunteer working in the ultrasound unit and the X-ray department.

Said Pam: “She was right. It gets me out of the house to meet people and it makes life more interesting. It’s nice to be able to help and I’m really very pleased to be able to volunteer. I would recommend it to people – you don’t go stagnant and you meet interesting people.”

Said the Trust’s Voluntary Services Manager Karen Marsden: “We have more than 500 volunteers working in our hospitals, and we cannot thank them enough for all that they do. Our volunteers have a huge variety of skills and talents that are put to good use every single day of the year – and some evenings too! Some work behind the scenes in offices and others enjoy the patient contact with ward work or reception duties – the scope for them is enormous. There are very few aspects of hospital life that do not benefit from the support of a volunteer. The WRVS, the Red Cross, Hospital Radio Wey and the two Leagues of Friends at Ashford and St. Peter’s are the backbone of our volunteering service and at this special time of year we like to thank them all publicly for their unstinting support.”

To find out more about volunteering at the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust readers can call Karen Marsden on either: 01784 884227 or: 01932 723239