Volunteers were the VIP guests at a celebration evening to thank them for everything they do.
Every year, staff at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust give up their evening to praise a very special group of people.
They host an event for volunteers and retired members who, during the rest of the year, give up their time to help support patients and staff.
Volunteers enjoyed food and drinks prepared by the trust’s catering team. After that, they were entertained by the trust’s choir.
Chairman Paul Garvin said: “It is excellent for me as chairman to say a formal thank you to our volunteers. It is important that we recognise how dedicated our volunteers are.
“The work they do makes such a difference to staff, patients and visitors and we are very grateful for their efforts.”
Volunteers play a valuable role across the hospital and can do from two hours a week to as many hours as they can spare. The hours and duties are adapted to fit in with the lives and the interests of the volunteer.
Volunteers can give their time through many different areas in the hospital, including the League of Friends, or the Royal Voluntary Service.
They can also contribute to hospital radio, patient helpers, volunteer drivers and in other areas.
To find out more about volunteering visit www.nth.nhs.uk/jobs/volunteer/