30 May 2021

Image: Bedford Health Village staff say thank you for all the kindnesses shown during the pandemic over the last year from so many local people; hot food being delivered to Bedford Health Village, just one of the 100 days' meals provided by a local temple; East Ham Care Centre staff say thank you, and St John's Ambulance volunteers at the Westfield Vaccination Centre.

Below: Trust Chair Mark Lam's Thank You Message to all our Trust volunteers. 




This is Volunteer’s Week across the UK and here at ELFT we have had so many thoughtful people and organisations who have kindly given up their time, energy and resources over the last year to support our staff and service users, all of whom we want to say a big thank you to. All of their work and dedication has gone towards reminding our staff how much they are valued in their communities.

Local people have volunteered their time to make cakes and food, masks, scrubs and laundry bags, whilst school children created some wonderful artwork and paintings to adorn the walls and windows of our wards and offices, bringing a much-needed smile to so many service users and staff alike.

Today we are sharing just a few of the wonderful stories of volunteers' kindnesses from the last year: 

East Ham Care Centre’s Clinical Nurse Manager Tracy Connellan was overwhelmed by the kindness shown to her staff and service users: “People crocheted mask extenders, a charity sent in scrubs, a local Indian restaurant delivered food, and another brought food they had made all the way from Chigwell.

“Chingford’s Heathcote School send us wonderful pictures and drawings as part of the Kindness Project.

"The MTO Charity sent in laundry bags, moisturiser and lip balm and their musicians came and played here for International Nurses Day."

Bedford Health Village’s Clinical Nurse Manager Tracey Tebbutt, based at Cedar House said: 

"Way back in the first lockdown in April 2020, the height of the pandemic, London Fire Brigade made and donated 1200 face shields which were distributed out to all of the Luton and Bedford inpatient units.  We had so many that we were able to distribute to our District Nurses and also our Intensive Support Team based at Twinwoods, such fantastic selfless support - they even transported them up to Bedford.
"One of our local temples, Sri Guru Ravidass Sabra provided 20 hot meals per day for one hundred days to our lovely staff
"We continue to be supported by the local service Dine with Us Community Larder who do an excellent job supporting anyone in need in Bedford with food that has been donated from all of our local supermarkets.  They sent Easter eggs last year for staff and patients and feed the homeless on Saturday nights with a home-cooked hot meal.  During the pandemic they supported the wider community including local families, schools, those isolating with care food packages as well as us with cakes, bread and sandwiches. And they continue to do so. 
"Scrub bags, masks and head-bands were donated by the Bedford community. Again such an important attribute as we managed to keep COVID at bay at Cedar House.
"And the marvellous Anna Palutikof and the team at Steppingly support us with weekly PCR staff testing as well as vaccinations."
If you would like to thank some of the many volunteers who have helped our staff and service users over the last year please contact elft.communications@nhs.net