Trust garden volunteers win Unsung Hero Award

Date: 27/03/2024 | Category: News 2024

Recently the Amersham Hospital Garden Volunteers won ‘Volunteer Team of the Year’ at the Unsung Hero Awards.

The team were recognised for the work they’ve undertaken over the last three years which has seen them revitalising and maintaining gardens and outdoor spaces across the Amersham Hospital site with the wider support of the local community, charitable funds and the Trust’s management board.

Hugh Chamberlain, Garden Volunteer said: “We all know how important beautiful and calming outside spaces are for our mental health and wellbeing, so we’re all thrilled and delighted to have received this special award. It’s such a lovely team to be part of and we all feel very proud of what we are achieving – team work really is the dream work. We all find it is so rewarding especially with the lovely comments we get from staff and patients on how they really appreciate the transformation to the spaces and how it is so nice to have these calming areas to rest and recharge in nature.”

Bridget O’Kelly, Chief People Officer at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “It’s wonderful that the Garden Volunteers have been recognised for all their hard work over the last three years to rejuvenate various courtyard spaces for both patients and staff at Amersham Hospital. Hugh and the team are constantly thinking of new ideas, engaging with the local community, and putting the mental health and wellbeing of others at the forefront of their projects.”