Last week our volunteers were honoured for their dedication to Compton Care with their own Long Service Awards ceremony.
A total of 120 Compton Care volunteers received certificates marking their years of voluntary service to Compton, with awards ranging from five years up to 30 years voluntary service with the total number of years contributed to the charity totting up to 1,065.
One of those people recognised at the event at the Mount Hotel on Tuesday 22nd November was Anne Hewitt from Codsall. She has served as a volunteer for Compton’s main reception for 30 years starting out in 1989.
Ms Hewitt helps out every Monday morning between 8am and 12:30pm.
She said: “At Compton we’re there to help but we get so much out of volunteering too. I first started volunteering because my friend was one of the trustees and she encouraged me to apply. I’m so glad I did because I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
“What I enjoy most about volunteering is the people. You meet and speak to the most amazing people coming through the doors and on the phone which is so very humbling.”
We rely on the contribution of more than 850 volunteers, ranging from the ages of 16 to 90 years old who support us in various roles. This contribution helps us to save over £1million every year in running costs, ensuring the community’s donations go the extra mile.
Volunteer Services Manager David Gibson said: “Collectively this group of volunteers have completed 1,065 years’ of service between them. That is an incredible achievement. In all my years of working with volunteers, I have never seen this level of commitment, across so many people.
“We can sometimes lose sight of what it takes to commit to be a volunteer. Our loyal volunteers turn up each week and carry out their roles and deliver incredible service to our customers, patients and their families, but it goes much deeper than this. Our volunteers carry out their shift, often rearranging plans to ensure that they can attend, travel to and from Compton whether that be by car, bus or walking, come rain or shine. They cover unsociable hours to ensure that we continue to run 365 days a year.
“Our volunteers also build relationships with patients, families and members of our local community making sure that Compton’s care is felt by all. Every single thing that our volunteers do, from spending a few hours with our accounts team to reception work, volunteering in one of our shops to helping out on our InPatient Unit, makes a massive difference. Our volunteers are like pebbles, when thrown in the water they may make a little splash, but the ripples spread across the whole lake. They are a truly inspirational group of people.”
For an album of photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.