Four volunteers from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH) attended the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, June 6.
Sheila Knight, Christine Taylor, Peter Lynn and Eldon Sandys were the lucky winners of the ballot to represent all of the 380 volunteers at the two hospitals in recognition of the Trust receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2012.
L to R: Eldon Sandys; Christine Taylor; Peter Lynn; Sheila Knight
On the same day eight more ASPH volunteers, accompanied by the Trust’s Voluntary Services Manager, Julie Addison, were given a tour of the Palace of Westminster and entertained to lunch in the Strangers’ Dining Room by Jonathan Lord, MP for Woking, who formally supported the Trust volunteers’ successful nomination for the Queen’s Award last year.
The eight were Eileen Brownen, Marie Hebenton, Peter Maskell, Janice Kirby-Smith, Jane O’Kill, Wendy Pearce, Sue Bland and Wendy Collins.
Mr Lord said: “I would like to thank all our ASPH volunteers for all that they do to support the healthcare needs of our local community. They are inspirational people who, working so brilliantly with the paid staff at ASPH, provide an excellent service to our community.
With Jonathan Lord, MP (foreground) on the terrace of the House of Commons are: L to R: Julie Addison, Jane O’Kill, Janice Kirby-Smith, Eileen Brownen, Marie Hebenton, Wendy Collins, Peter Maskell, Wendy Pearce and Sue Bland
“I have an enormous feeling of pride in the achievement of our volunteers at Ashford and St. Peter’s and feel fortunate to have been in a position to celebrate their efforts with a visit to Westminster.”
Julie Addison said: “I should like to thank Jonathan for such a warm welcome. The day was greatly enjoyed by all of us and it is encouraging to know how very much our local MP supports and recognises the increasingly important role volunteers play in our community.”
Julie also expressed her gratitude to Kwasi Kwarteng, MP for Spelthorne and Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, who had found time between meetings to welcome the group.