Our National Health Service is something to be very proud of, it still protects the vulnerable, takes away the fear of the financial consequences of illness, and greets patients with experience and professionalism. Our health care service is not a business but a social good that is deeply entrenched in British society. We are very proud to support and work for the NHS and all it stands for.
The NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations are casting a light over the vital contribution that North East ambulance service volunteers make across the service.
During Volunteer’s Week (1-7 June), North East Ambulance Service thanked those already supporting the Trust by volunteering and hopes to inspire future generations to play their part in shaping the next 70 years of innovation and care.
More than 80 of the Trust’s volunteers were thanked for their support at a celebratory event at Choppington Social Welfare Centre.
The Trust, which covers 3,200 square miles across the North East region, serves a population of 2.7 million people by handling all NHS 111 and 999 calls for the region, operating patient transport and ambulance response services, with support from 330 volunteers.
Whether as a volunteer porter, ambulance car service driver, community first responder or governor, NEAS volunteers invest thousands of hours in the service every year with some choosing to volunteer to help them in their career path and others want to give something back at the end of their career.