Elaine Paige supports the Royal Voluntary Service’s call for more volunteers


A MUSICAL theater star has added her voice to a hospital service’s urgent call for volunteers.

After a two-year hiatus, the Royal Voluntary Service is restarting its hospital truck services in Brighton and Crawley.

The volunteer charity, with the support of Ambassador Elaine Paige, has called for more people in Sussex to sign up to get behind their bikes and volunteer in hospitals.

On her own trolley shift, accompanied by the President of the Royal Voluntary Service, the Duchess of Cornwall, Elaine entertained patients with a bedside rendition of her Cats hit Memory.

The rumble of a Royal Voluntary Service carriage will again be heard in the hallways of Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital and Crawley Hospital after pandemic restrictions suspended services in 2020.

But the Foundation needs many more volunteers, not only on the tram services at both hospitals, but also to help out at the Royal Voluntary Service cafes there.

For those on the wards who cannot make it to a hospital store, volunteers from the Royal Voluntary Service Trolleys help bring the store to them. They supply newspapers, magazines, snacks and lots of little extras that are welcome pick-me-ups.

“Having stood behind a hospital car myself and seen how the warm-hearted volunteers can lift patients’ spirits, I can only imagine how much they have been missed on the wards over the past two years,” said Elaine.

“Now that trolley services are back, I urge people to see for themselves what a remarkable difference they can make to the well-being of someone who is likely going through a difficult time.

“Donating your time to support others is a wonderful thing. You don’t have to have any special skills and you certainly don’t have to sing in front of patients like I do. Your time and compassion is enough to make someone’s day.”

Chris Gray, Head of Retail for the Royal Voluntary Service, said: “We are delighted with the return of our fantastic Royal Sussex County Hospital and Crawley Hospital trolley services. Trolley and retail volunteers find the experience incredibly rewarding.

“By offering essential items to patients, they help make their hospital stay a little more comfortable and bring real joy to the wards, but they also help ease the pressure on hard-working clinical staff.

“Volunteer dispatchers offer a friendly face to sorrowful patients, help them avoid loneliness and help them recover.

“We desperately need more shopping cart and retail volunteers to help us deliver these vital services more frequently to more patients in Sussex.”

To find out more about volunteering to support the NHS please visit: royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering/

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