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Volunteers at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust shortlisted for national Helpforce Champions Awards 2021

Date: 20/10/2021 | Category: News 2021

Volunteers at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have been shortlisted for two awards at the Helpforce Champions Awards 2021, providing national recognition of their fantastic contribution to volunteering in the health and care sector.

The awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contributions made by volunteers across the UK during the past turbulent year, fundamentally defined by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abi Gibbs and Hugh Chamberlain have been shortlisted for the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award following their incredible work to transform the Haleacre Garden at Amersham Hospital for staff.

The Spinal Cord Injury Patient Education team have been shortlisted for the ‘Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity in Volunteering’ award.

Bridget O’Kelly, Chief People Officer said: “I am so proud to see our volunteers shortlisted for two awards this year. Abi and Hugh have gone above and beyond to help Trust colleagues and patients. I’d like to say a huge congratulations to them and the Spinal Cord Injury Patient Education team on being shortlisted and wish you all the best of luck.”

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of Helpforce, said: 2020 and 2021 have seen the NHS and all our healthcare services face one of the biggest challenges in their history, and we have seen volunteers step up in their thousands to help.

This year, we have received a record number of entries for the Helpforce Champions Awards with so many brilliant examples of innovation, great practice, commitment, and real passion for patient care and support for staff across the health and care sector in the UK.”

Winners will be announced on Helpforce’s website and social media channels on 30th October.

The categories being celebrated at the awards are:

  • Outstanding Volunteering Team of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Staff Champion for Volunteers
  • Volunteer Leader of the Year
  • Partnership Working in Volunteering
  • Innovation in Volunteering Award
  • Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity in Volunteering
  • People’s choice

Helpforce partners with health and care organisations across the UK to accelerate the growth and impact of volunteering.  They are an independent not-for-profit innovator, focused on co-creation of volunteering projects with NHS Trusts and systems, and rapidly sharing insights and best practice.

To learn more about the charity, please visit www.helpforce.community