And Clare’s efforts have not gone unrecognised as South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has named her as the trust’s volunteer of the year.
After spending some time in hospital herself, Clare, 46 from Middlesbrough, decided to volunteer as a therapeutic care volunteer and has been helping out in the children’s wards since February.
Clare was nominated by a number of staff who said that from the day that she started she displayed dedication and developed excellent relationships with patients.
She said: “It is a real privilege to be given the opportunity to fulfil my lifelong ambition of working with children and the voluntary scheme has made this possible. I appreciated the visits from volunteers when I was a patient as it was nice to see a friendly face when visiting time was over.”
The dedicated volunteer received her Star Award from trust chair Deborah Jenkins who presented the award and a bouquet of flowers to Clare on the children’s ward where she could celebrate with staff and patients.
Cathy Brammer, clinical matron for children and young people, said: “As a volunteer she brings so much to the ward team and her outgoing personality and caring nature make her extremely popular with patients, families and staff.”