Volunteer Event 2016


A special event was held recently at Belfast City Hall to celebrate and acknowledge the many volunteers who offer up their time, energy and commitment to volunteering.

The Lord Mayor Alderman Brian Kingston paid tribute to the work of the volunteers while Professor Martin Bradley OBE, Non-Executive Director said the event was an important opportunity to recognise the contribution volunteers make, and he thanked them for ‘giving their time to help others and appreciated their genuine commitment to volunteering’.

Brenda Creaney, Executive Director of Nursing and User Experience paid tribute to the 432 volunteers in the Trust and thanked them for ‘everything they do to enhance our care in the Trust, and for their commitment, kindness, generosity, and compassion which they show everyday’.

The Deborah Hutton award celebrates individuals or groups who provide practical care and support to people affected by cancer, beyond the expectations of their role, and was awarded this year to The Volunteer Team at the Macmillan Support and Information Centre, Belfast City Hospital. The Macmillan long serving service award, celebrates the effort and commitment shown over a number of years and was awarded to Maureen Mitchell, Macmillan Support and Information Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital.
Long service awards were also received by volunteers who had reached 5 years service namely Maire Alexander, Susan Barton, John Connelly, Frances Fitzpatrick, Barbara Hamilton, Geoff Hill, Estelle Murray, Samuel McKnight, Joanne Thompson and Catherine Toman. Two Volunteers, Hugh Barry and Karen McClelland, had 10 years’ service and one volunteer, Evelyn Dunlop had reached the 15 years’ service milestone.

During the event film clips were shown which provided an insight into the volunteers different roles, how they became volunteers and how this has impacted on their own lives.

Arts Care musicians performed during the event and there was a special performance by Orbit Dance Company and Cairnshill Primary School.