Bolton NHS Foundation Trust Volunteers Shortlisted for Greater Manchester’s Health & Care Champion Awards 2021

After receiving almost 500 nominations, the shortlist for this year’s Greater Manchester Health & Care Champion Awards has now been announced.

36 individuals from across the NHS, local authorities, charities, care homes and many other sectors have been shortlisted across 12 different categories. We are excited to announce that Bolton NHS Foundation Trust volunteers are a part of this shortlist.

A panel made up of representatives from across our public services, plus patient representatives, reviewed all the nominations and agreed the final shortlist. The winners themselves will be announced at a virtual ceremony in November.

Sue Povey, Mia Povey, Katie Mainwaring, Laura Sutton and Fran Grundy, members of the Virgin Atlantic flight crew who worked on our hospital wards to help out in health care assistant and patient liaison roles, are amongst our volunteers who have been shortlisted.

Earlier in the year, during the height of the pandemic, Sue, Mia, Katie, Laura and Fran generously donated their time to come and help staff and patients on our wards. They worked with patients to make sure that they had everything they needed and assisted with video calls to family and friends.

Kim Ashcroft, Ward Manager on G3 recalled, “They were extremely supportive, compassionate and caring, and our patients really appreciated having someone to speak to them and help with all the little things that staff don’t always have time to do.”

Also on the shortlist are Cultural Support Volunteers, Hassan Patel and Imran Musa. In collaboration with Bolton Council of Mosques, the Trust introduced the Cultural Support Volunteers programme in response to reduced hospital visiting during the pandemic. Hassan and Imran worked to help facilitate communication between patients and their families of any background, providing reassurance and enabling them to feel connected at a time when they are more vulnerable.

The GM Champion Awards are the only Greater Manchester-wide awards to recognise those people who regularly go the extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester. This year’s awards are that extra bit special as they recognise those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic; from health and care staff to key workers, volunteers and community champions. Categories include our key worker and community champions, those who have driven innovation, volunteers, leaders at any level and those who have helped improve the wellbeing of those around them during such a challenging year.

We would also like to shout out the other Bolton health and care staff and volunteers who have made the shortlist, including Dr Helen Wall who led the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Bolton CCG and Guy Hampson, who is a life coach at Third Space Bolton. Well done and good luck to everyone!

Sponsors of the event include The MEN and Hits Radio. There will be a virtual raffle throughout the evening with the chance to win great prizes including theatre tickets and indoor skydiving tickets courtesy of iFly.

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