Queen's Award for Surrey hospitals' volunteers

Queen's Award
Image caption The Queen's Award recognises the work of 380 hospital volunteers

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service has been presented to 380 volunteers at a hospital trust in Surrey.

They were recognised for "devoting their time, skills and energy for the benefit of others" within the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust.

Volunteer Eldon Sandys accepted the award on their behalf from The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad, at a ceremony in Cobham.

He said he wished it could have been given personally to every volunteer.

Trust chairman Aileen McLeish said the volunteers roles included portering, helping to feed patients, guiding patients and visitors, and working on the wards and on Hospital Radio Wey.

"Our volunteers really do get everywhere, in the nicest possible way," she said.

The trust manages two sites - St Peter's hospital in Chertsey and Ashford hospital.

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