Paul Mayner Volunteer guide at Musgrave Park Hospital


Paul Mayner is a volunteer ‘Guide’ at the Withers Building at Musgrave Park Hospital. His wife Reta was a patient at the Hospital on and off for nearly 30 years and when she passed away Paul decided to become a volunteer, as a way of showing his appreciation to the staff for the excellent treatment his wife received over the years.

“I’m retired, so I had some free time to spare. Volunteering once a week at Musgrave, is a way of saying thank you to all the staff who cared for my wife.”

In his role as guide Paul provides a warm welcome to all members of the public when they attend the hospital for treatment or to visit relatives. He will direct people to their destinations (along with their notes which he will be given by the reception staff) and will also help people to access any information they may require when they first arrive.

According to Paul being a guide requires you to always be friendly and helpful. Beyond that, you acquired new skills along the way, and make a lot of new friends. Most of all, Paul said that “volunteering has given me a focus after the loss of my wife,” he went on to encourage others saying “If you are thinking of volunteering, go ahead, you will get so much more back than you put in.”

There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available in the Trust – find out which one is for you!

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