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Volunteers praised for their support of CPFT frontline staff

Volunteers who continue to support the work of frontline staff at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust have been praised for their work.

Over the last year nearly 100 people have stepped forward to help the Trust which provides physical health care for older people and those with long-term conditions and mental health services for adults and children.

Louisa Bullivant, Voluntary Services Manager at CPFT, said: “We can’t thank our volunteers enough for the work they have done.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic people have come forward to offer their help to our staff and teams. 

“Their support has been invaluable and everyone at our Trust is incredibly grateful.”

People from a diverse range of backgrounds have stepped forward to volunteer including a firefighter, a TV producer who usually works in London, a pharmacist, and a number of people who have been furloughed from their jobs and want to support the NHS during the pandemic.

Volunteer John Bladon helped distribute PPE to frontline staff They have undertaken a wide range of duties including administrative tasks, distributing welfare packs from the Trust’s Head to Toe Charity, and delivering personal protective equipment to the Trust teams across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and places such as Norfolk where CPFT provides eating disorder  services.

CPFT Chief Executive Tracy Dowling said: “The response to the pandemic has been a true team effort by everyone at our Trust, and that includes our wonderful volunteers.

“For them to come forward and offer their time to support the work of our teams and services has been humbling and uplifting.”   

Tracy and the Trust’s Chair Julie Spence recently hosted a special online ceremony for volunteers later to thank them for the contribution over the last 12 months.

To find out more about volunteering at CPFT email Louisa via volunteers.cpft@cpft.nhs.uk or visit the volunteering page of the CPFT website.

CPFT employs more than 4,000 staff who provide community physical healthcare for older people and those with long-term conditions, mental healthcare for children and adults, children’s health services in Peterborough, learning disability support and social care support.

Pictured above are volunteers Barbara Parker and John Bladon.


ENDS

For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Interim Deputy Head of Communications
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk  
T 01223 219467

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