Donor Spotlight

Janette Veal, Past Chair, Volunteer Council

Volunteers make everyone feel richer

The Volunteers of Stratford General Hospital have a way of making you feel like a million bucks! That’s not just because they’ve made their final payment of a $1 million pledge to the Heart & Soul Hospital Redevelopment Campaign, raised over the last 10 years. It has just as much to do with the extra care and kindness they provide patients throughout the hospital.

“At the Foundation we see the fruits of their labors,” says Andrea Page, Stratford General Hospital Foundation Executive Director. “If you look at every fundraising campaign we’ve run, the Volunteers have been willing to commit and able to deliver. We’re very grateful.”

With some 231 active volunteers, and another 22 honorary members who participate less regularly, the hours volunteers donate each year are staggering—some 14,400 at Stratford General alone at 21 different locations throughout the hospital.

 “Many want that one-on-one contact with patients,” explains Janette Veal, Past Chair, Volunteer Council. “They can look after the little things so that nurses can concentrate on care. But it’s often those little things that can make a patient’s day.”

Posted Monday, October 5 2015


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