Date of release: 3 June 2020
In the second of our features for National Volunteers Week, we focus on Amrit Johal, who was volunteering four times a week at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak at New Cross Hospital.
National Volunteers Week Day Two: Amrit Johal
The 43-year-old mother of one, a civil servant from Shropshire, told us: “For National Volunteers Week, I’d like to talk about my experiences on the Acute Medical Unit. I initially went there at the height of the pandemic because I wanted to give something back to the NHS.
“During time at New Cross, I completed hands-on work with COVID-19 patients; I served drinks and breakfasts, I was having daily contact with coronavirus patients and I witnessed patients recovering from the virus.
“One of the moments that sticks out in my mind and will be with me forever was when a patient who had been in a critical state was discharged. His son had come to collect him and all the doctors and nurses came out to give him a clap. He got emotional and so did his son - it was a really special moment.
“I was volunteering four times a week and doing as much as I possibly could. My family thought I was mad for doing it; however I felt very fulfilled during my time there.”