A group of Noble’s Hospital volunteers exchanged wards for wide open spaces when they took a trip on the Touring Tea Bus, made possible thanks to a Celton Manx Recognition award.
Noble’s Hospital front-of-house manager Dawn Stanton said: ‘The trip was a great success and a brilliant way to say “thank you”. Around 40 volunteers came on what was a fantastic and very lively afternoon out, travelling on a scenic route from Douglas down to the south of the island.
‘With so many different schedules to fit in it’s rare that volunteers have the opportunity to meet up as one large group and chat. We have a wonderful team of volunteers – around 100 in all at the moment, though we would always welcome more – and their work can be very demanding, so it was great to show how much their dedication is valued. To be able to relax and have a laugh together away from the confines of the hospital was really beneficial. It was a very valuable bonding experience, too, and I think it’s fair to say everyone came back feeling really inspired and positive. We are all extremely grateful to Celton Manx for their Recognition award, without which the trip simply wouldn’t have been possible.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘The expertise of the third sector and other not-for-profit organisations – with their clearer mission and understanding of local need – is becoming all the more valued and recognised by government as it seeks to rebalance its budgets.
‘Volunteers make an important contribution to health and care services and every day are helping to transform the lives of people at their most vulnerable. They can, however, sometimes be the “unsung heroes” of a charity, so I am pleased that this Recognition award has provided such a welcome opportunity to sing the praises of those working for Noble’s Hospital Volunteer Service.’
Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx which aims to support some of the Island’s lower-profile charities and not-for-profit organisations with only limited resources for promoting and developing their services.
In 2017 27 Recognition awards were made.