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Trust Volunteer Elizabeth Receives Royal Approval

Trust Volunteer Elizabeth Receives Royal Approval

Date of release: 17 November 2020

A volunteer at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has been recognised for her efforts in a national campaign sealed by Royal approval.

Elizabeth Gibbons, aged 17, from Deansfield, Wolverhampton, is featured in the #iwill campaign, a nationwide promotion whose patron is HRH Prince Charles that showcases the positive difference people under the age of 20 make to others or the environment.

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Since joining the Trust in May as one of 150 Clinical Volunteers, Elizabeth has volunteered for more than 436 hours, often completing 12-hour shifts or working four or five days a week.

Elizabeth, who wants to be a paramedic, is studying A levels in double social care, applied sciences and information and communications technology at Heath Park School in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, after passing nine GCSEs there.

She continues volunteering between her studies and staff have been so impressed with her that she has been offered a job as a Healthcare Assistant.

Starting at West Park Rehabilitation Hospital supporting elderly patients, Elizabeth used her newly-acquired skills of bed making, feeding patients and interacting with them to make a huge difference. She also serves on the Stroke Unit.

Stuart Guy, Directorate Support Manager, Rehab and Ambulatory Care Group at the Trust, said: “Elizabeth was an absolute star. 

“She enhanced patient care and communication with relatives by providing virtual contact on facetime and video calls.

“Patients and relatives were comforted by Elizabeth’s support and care. She has made a huge difference on ward C21.”

Elizabeth has persuaded five school friends to volunteer at the Trust, while she now mentors new volunteers and has even used her own money to purchase nail polish to paint patients’ nails.  

One patient, a COVID-19 survivor, was cared for by Elizabeth at West Park. When they met, the patient couldn’t walk or feed herself, but through Elizabeth’s care, she has made a full recovery.

Elizabeth started volunteering at the Trust after seeing an advert on social media. She said: “I put myself forward because I wanted to help as I could see things were tough.

“Volunteering has given me a valuable insight into the workings of the hospital. It’s also allowed me the chance to gain a feel for the workplace because we weren’t able to do our work experience due to COVID-19.”

Elizabeth’s school has also recognised her achievements and have posted an article about her here: https://bit.ly/32Ltglu

In a statement, the school said: “The selflessness and dedication she has shown is something many of us aspire to! Well done Elizabeth!”


Notes to Editor

  • For further information, please call Tim Nash on 07714 741097 or email tim.nash2@nhs.net

  • Over 1,000 organisations from all different sectors and across the UK take part in #iwill, whose website is www.iwill.org.uk
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