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Volunteer Heroes

Posted: 12th June 2020

As we reflect on National Volunteer Week, we wanted to share how some of our furlough team have been helping people in need.

For the last month Ricki Cooper, one of our Recruitment Specialists, has been volunteering for the NHS on the Give & Go service at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

During the pandemic all wards have been closed for visitors to limit the virus spread and to keep that R number down, so Give & Go was created.

The Give & Go service allows family members to drop off the likes of food, clothing and books for patients and volunteers like Ricki ran this up to the ward for them. He also collected any laundry from the ward so the family member can take home for washing.

Ricki said “I’m really enjoying my weeks here and feel I’m making a difference everyday.”

Allstaff also have another one of the team, Lucy, whose family run a catering business. She has been helping and they collectively baked 150 strawberry tarts delivered to the volunteers and Queen Margaret hospital this week

Allstaff Managing Director, Carolyn Moir Grant adds “The team at Allstaff know Ricki is a true gentleman who is generous and always willing to help. Even before lockdown, he and his wife would be active in the community including spending Christmas Day feeding the homeless at a local shelter.

Lucy and her family baking then delivering these treats to those to the front line is a beautiful gesture. We are all so proud of what our team are doing during furlough.”

In challenging times we wanted to show how it brings out the good in people.

Thanks for reading and stay safe!