VOLUNTEERS at Ilkeston Community Hospital are making a plea for residents to help them continue to carry out their important work.
Chairman Mike Perry is launching an appeal to anyone who has free time in evenings or weekends to devote to help fund raise for the Heanor Road hospital.
“The league provides a lot of services for the patients, staff and visitors to the hospital,” he said.
“But they are particularly important to patients who look forward to the trolley coming by with a newspaper and so on.
“We want to continue and improve these services and need your help.”
Because of an NHS recruitment freeze across the county, the hospital authorities have now asked the league to provide staff to carry out reception duties outside normal hours – 6pm-8am Monday to Friday – and at weekends and to extend its refreshment services out-of-hours.
“We are particularly looking for people who have time off from work in the evenings and at weekends,” said Mike.
The league, now in its 51st year, currently provides services including, newspaper deliveries to patients, hairdressing, refreshments, selling confectionery, hot and cold drinks and toiletries to patients by trolley.
It has also arranged dozens of events over the years to raise cash including the annual bed push up Bath Street in the summer and garden parties in the hospital grounds.
Applicants should ask for Pat Morley, Ted Smith or Carole Gold at the hospital or call 0115 930 5522 and will be required to undergo a CRB check to become members of the league.
Training will be given where necessary.