Join our team of volunteer helpers 

03/06/2014 00:00 
From presenting hospital radio shows, to guiding and greeting patients and visitors, to sharing a cup of tea and a chat with patients on our wards – UCLH is looking for volunteers like you!
Join our team of volunteer helpers 

To mark Volunteers Week our team will be available to answer questions this Wednesday (4 June 2014) in the atrium at University College Hospital (10am-3pm). Volunteers Week is co-ordinated nationally by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations(NCVO).

Thane Prince is among the 275 volunteer helpers who currently give up a few hour of their time each week to help others at UCLH.

Most people know Thane as a judge on the popular BBC programme The Big Allotment Challenge, a former food critic for the Daily Telegraph, or author of twelve successful recipe books (translated in languages around the world).
 
But to our cancer patients undergoing tests in our clinical trial unit – Thane provides a colourful and comforting break from hospital life, in her role as a volunteer helper.
 
Thane, who trained as a nurse at The Middlesex Hospital, said: “It keeps you  grounded – you may think you are having a bad day because something relatively trivial has happened and then you go into the hospital and see that actually your day is really, really good and, most importantly,  that you have the opportunity to makes someone else’s day a little better too.
 
“I make cups of tea, sit down with them and we chat about anything and everything: their grandchildren, books, anything really that helps take their mind off what they are going through Sometimes patients recognise me and want to know more about Allotment Challenge or chat about their favourite recipes - mine’s roast chicken, roast lemon and red onions!  I hope it helps.”

*Would you like to volunteer? Contact: volunteering@uclh.nhs.uk
Telephone:  020 3447 9828

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