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News Release: NHS Medway’s volunteers praises sung at special carol concert

Date: 23/12/2008           Category: Medway PCT

The hard work and dedication of NHS Medway’s volunteers was recognised at a carol service at Rochester Cathedral. The primary care trust’s volunteers, their families along with NHS Medway’s chairman Eddie Anderson, Professional Executive Committee chair Malvinder Raval and assistant director of operations Anne Finlayson, helped fill the cathedral on Friday, 19 December. The Mayor of Medway Cllr David Carr welcomed everyone to the service. The carol concert gave thanks and recognition to more than a thousand selfless people who have given their spare time and skills to improve the quality of life for patients while supporting members of staff. Rochester Grammar School choir and the Salvation Army band provided Christmas music. NHS Medway’s chairman Eddie Anderson paid tribute to the 1,430 people who work in the Medway primary care trust’s voluntary services. Eddie said: “I am pleased and privileged to pay tribute to our volunteers who are a unique group of extraordinary people who find the time in the day to help others in the community.” Tricia Hollingsworth, NHS Medway’s head of voluntary services, said: “This year we not only celebrate 60 years since the birth of the NHS, but also 30 years of volunteering within the service. This event gave us the perfect opportunity to say thank you for all the work volunteers do throughout the year.” Volunteers in Medway work in a variety of places including hospital wards, health centres and counselling services. Medway Primary Care Trust is now called NHS Medway. Its role is to buy the best health services for the people of Medway.