Louth Hospital volunteer duo are recognised

Pictured above are award winners Betty Archer and Alyce Taylor with Coun Christine Talbot.
Pictured above are award winners Betty Archer and Alyce Taylor with Coun Christine Talbot.
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Two women who volunteer at Louth County Hospital have been honoured in the recent Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s annual Celebrating Success Awards.

Betty Archer and Aylce Taylor were the joint winners of the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award and had both been nominated by all the staff on Carlton Ward.

Betty carries out escort duties for patients attending other healthcare facilities for investigatory tests. She makes herself available every day, which is a huge contribution to the service and relieves nursing staff so they can continue to care for other patients.

Alyce attends Carlton Ward Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays to assist nursing staff and patients. She helps patients with meal choices, carries out hot drink rounds and generally ensures all patients are supported.

After receiving their awards, Betty, 78, from Louth, said: “It was a real surprise to win this award. We had such a wonderful day at the awards.

“I really enjoy taking patients to other hospitals for scans and whatever they need. I just like being with people and looking after them.”

Alyce who is 76 and lives in Saltfleetby has volunteered for 12 and half years.

She added: “I spend most of my time with the patients, talking to them and supporting them - any little bits that we can do to help. I just wanted to give something back.

“Winning this award has been so overwhelming.

“Everyone we met at the ceremony was so lovely and I cannot put into words what it means.”

Pictured above are award winners Betty Archer and Alyce Taylor with Coun Christine Talbot, chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee for Lincolnshire.