North Thoresby volunteer is recognised at NHS Awards

Volunteer William Burkitt from North Thoresby near Louth, who helps coordinate activities for adults in at an NHS mental health unit in Lincoln has scooped an award at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's annual recognition awards, held last Thursday (March 5). William is pictured with Chief Executive Dr John Brewin and Chairman, Eileen Ziemer-Cottingham. EMN-151203-141533001
Volunteer William Burkitt from North Thoresby near Louth, who helps coordinate activities for adults in at an NHS mental health unit in Lincoln has scooped an award at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's annual recognition awards, held last Thursday (March 5). William is pictured with Chief Executive Dr John Brewin and Chairman, Eileen Ziemer-Cottingham. EMN-151203-141533001

Selfless North Thoresby man William Burkitt has been recognised at the recent local NHS Awards bagging himself ‘Volunteer of the Year.’

William, 26, gives his spare time to help support music activities for the patients on the ward, at Francis Willis Unit in Lincoln. 

He makes the effort to get to know each person as an individual and through the medium of music; helps raise their confidence and self-esteem.

William, who has been a volunteering with the Trust in between studying at Lincoln University, said: “I’m very honoured and surprised to receive this award.

“I thank everyone who has supported and nominated me. Being a volunteer is a very rewarding use of my time and I encourage anybody to consider volunteering.”

Trust chairman, Eileen Ziemer-Cottingham, said: “The awards ceremony was a fantastic celebration of the hard work of all of our staff and volunteers, who continue to provide the best care possible to our service users. I felt extremely proud hearing about their achievements and would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees once again.”

One of William’s nominators added: “It’s difficult to put into words what a difference William has made to us here at the Francis Willis Unit, but he is a genuinely caring and wonderful young man who is a fabulous role model for the patients who reside here.”

Nearly 200 staff and volunteers were nominated by colleagues, patients, carers, charitable partners and the public for awards in 12 categories based around the Trust’s values and services.