VOLUNTEER drivers have been thanked by hospital bosses for their invaluable help behind the wheel before and during the pandemic.
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) has praised the efforts of the dedicated Warwickshire 4×4 Volunteers Group for their support throughout the year.
During the crisis SWFT has been overwhelmed with the support received from the local community and
With over 120 enthusiastic volunteers, the group has offered crucial support to the trust during the winter by helping healthcare staff get to hospitals and clinics despite heavy snowfall and flooding.
The community-spirited drivers have also helped transport nurses to patient’s homes to ensure patients received the treatment they needed.
The continued support has been more important than ever since the start of Covd-19.
The group has assisted SWFT by collecting and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) and various items of medical equipment, and the transportation of staff and patients, where clinics have been relocated.
This has resulted in the group completing a 60 tasks for SWFT, which has been invaluable at a time when healthcare has had to adapt.
SWFT chief executive Glen Burley said: “I would like to personally offer my sincere thanks to all of the 4×4 Volunteers Group.
“Their dedication to supporting the trust, regardless of the circumstances, is phenomenal. We are extremely lucky with all of the amazing volunteers we have in Warwickshire, and this is a particular service that has continued to help us deliver care to the people who need it.”
Graeme Wright, lead volunteer coordinator, added: “I am constantly overwhelmed by the generosity and dedication of the members towards our local NHS. On receipt of a request, we have within minutes, sometimes even seconds, numerous volunteers stepping up to carry out the job. Regardless of time of day or night or distance. They a truly remarkable group of people.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer should email [email protected].