Volunteers play a vital role in improving the experience of patients and relieving pressure on frontline staff, and it's with tremendous pride that King's College Hospital Charity continues funding the King’s Volunteer Programme


King’s volunteers come from all walks of life and are a true representation of the diverse communities that we serve. We currently have over 600 volunteers aged between 16 and 80+ who support our hospitals in a range of roles, including ward befrienders, end-of-life companions, and the ever-popular Pets As Therapy (PAT) dogs.



“During a 3 week stay on Lister Ward, I benefited greatly from the wonderful volunteers on the ward. There was a mixture of all age groups, and each one was a breath of fresh air. I especially appreciated the many cups of tea they made me, in my own big mug, just to my liking.

 

“There was even a volunteer hairdresser, who amazingly was able to wash and trim my hair in spite of me being totally bed bound and immobile due to my serious injuries. This was a huge morale boost, and as beneficial as any number of tablets!”



During the 2019/20 financial year, King’s volunteers supported patients in 148,538 instances and gave 34,950 hours of their time. And when COVID-19 hit, they played an integral role in supporting both patients and staff.

 

"Since volunteering I have been helping out in the hospital’s wellbeing hubs to support staff. I have also been stationed at the Hambleden Wing entrance as a guide, to make sure people entering were maintaining hygiene standards. Despite the challenging circumstances of volunteering during the COVID-19 outbreak, I love coming back every week. It is such an amazing thing to do, and I am so happy and grateful to be a part of it.”

Sophia, COVID-19 Response Volunteer