Helpers at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester have been honoured with the UK’s highest award for volunteering.
The Friends of Chichester Hospitals is the dedicated charity for the hospital and mental health services in the Chichester area – serving patients from Bognor Regis and other areas of West Sussex.
Its members have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Their chairman, Jane Ramage, said: “We are delighted that the work of Friends’ volunteers has been recognised by this prestigious award – the ultimate award for voluntary groups.
“Our volunteers give thousands of hours of time each year to support our hospitals, especially St Richard’s.
“It shows incredible commitment to a vital part of our community and really does make a difference each day for patients, visitors and staff.”
The Friends provide the daily trolley service to ward-bound patients in the hospital and the popular hospital shop.
Its profits are used to enhance the hospital’s services to patients. Other fundraising events and donations enable the Friends to give significant financial support each year.