Hywel Dda University Health Board will be celebrating the contribution their volunteers make to local healthcare as part of this year’s National Volunteers Week which runs from June 1-7.

Volunteers provide thousands of hours spending time supporting patients within hospitals across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire to help improve their stay in hospital.

There are currently over 350 volunteers in 70 different volunteering roles at 59 locations across the three counties ranging from pharmacy support to befrienders.

Hywel Dda volunteers wear distinctive yellow polo shirts and staff and the public are encouraged to say thank you to them when they are out and about.

Volunteering Manager, David Fretwell said: “As well as helping staff and patients volunteering also has benefits for the volunteers themselves, many of whom have progressed into employment or gained university places.

“Volunteering also really does help improve patients’ stay in hospital through the many roles the volunteers undertake. For example, we are seeking to increase the numbers of volunteers on our Patient Ward Trolley Service at our four main hospitals and would love to hear from anyone interested in helping out as this service has proved really popular for our patients.”

“National Volunteers Week is all about celebrating our volunteers, if you see one of them around please go up and say thank you.”

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