Volunteer Stories

Here we feature some of the wonderful WHHT volunteers and a little of their stories. Every volunteer is equally valued, so each time this page is loaded you will see our volunteer heroes in a random order (it seemed only fair!). Click on the photos or (more…) links to read our “volunteer vignettes”.

Volunteer Lubna Bhatti

Lubna Bhatti, Volunteer

“Being part of the volunteer team is an honour. Whatever the task, being part of the hospital leaves me with a sense of achievement and satisfaction”, says Lubna.

As a Volunteer at the hospital, the role is very much about being (more…)

Volunteer Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly, Volunteer

“I started volunteering because I wanted to see if a career in health and social care was for me”, says Rachel, who has now secured a job as a Health Care Assistant.

I started volunteering at Watford General Hospital because (more…)

Volunteer Jane Bartram

Jane Bertram, Volunteer

“I was already very familiar with the wonderful work volunteer services provided to the hospital as I had been taking year 12 students to visit patients for two years”, says Jane.

The questions I’ve been most frequently asked during my time volunteering (more…)

Volunteer Dave Salmon

Dave Salmon, Volunteer

“I’ve been here for a few years now, an enjoyable, comfortable role, the hospital works smoothly and seemingly at it’s own pace. Then came Covid …..”  says Dave, a long standing volunteer.

I’ve been volunteering for a few years now, long before the current pandemic issues. I was in (more…)

Volunteer Alex Chase

Alex Chase, Volunteer

“Volunteering has taught me so much about hospitals, humanity and hope and will be an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” says Alex.

Being a volunteer was something that I was introduced to at school, and at first I (more…)

Volunteer Louise Spillard

Louise Spillard, Volunteer

“My favourite job is the ward tea trolley. It’s a natural opportunity to connect with patients”, says Louise, who raised her hand to volunteer at WHHT following her Mum’s death in 2018.

There are around 100 volunteers at Watford General hospital and every (more…)

Volunteer Rose Baldwin

Rose Baldwin, Volunteer

“I’m so pleased to have volunteered and when life returns to ‘normal’ I’ll continue at Watford hospital; it now holds a special place in my heart”, says Rose. 

As soon as I heard schools were closing for (more…)

Volunteer Monica Leitao

Monica Leitao, Volunteer

“I like to seek experiences that can educate and humble me” says Portuguese national Monica, who raised her hand to volunteer at WHHT in response to the pandemic.

Volunteering during this time felt like an opportunity to (more…)

Volunteer Teodore Bate

Teodor Bate, Volunteer

“As a 6th former who intends to study medicine, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to experience a hospital working environment” says Teodore, who raised his hand to volunteer in late 2019.

I was keen to start volunteering at WHHT and had (more…)

Volunteer Anette Isomaeki

Anette Isomaeki, Volunteer

“I would definitely recommend volunteering for everyone. Every day is different and definitely a learning experience.” says Anette, who raised her hand to volunteer after being furloughed.

My journey as a NHS volunteer has only just begun, as (more…)