THE University Hospital Crosshouse (UHC) Volunteers presented NHS Ayrshire & Arran with a cheque for the generous sum of £260,000 at the Volunteers’ Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The evening on June 27 was opened by David Gray, the chairman of the Volunteers’ Committee.

The Hospital Volunteers have been running a shop, café and ward trolley service in UHC since 2001 and also have a service in Ayrshire Maternity Unit.

Since 2001 they have raised a very impressive £3,945,367 for the hospital.

The money the volunteers raised this year has paid for three specialist beds and mattresses for bariatric patients; three birthing beds for the Labour suite providing insulin pumps for children with diabetes; and specialist equipment for spinal patients within Orthopaedics.

The AGM is a welcome opportunity for the volunteers to hear from people working in the services that have benefited from the money they have raised.

Lesley Bowie, Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board Vice-Chair, said: “We should all be inspired by their charity, kindness and dedication. I would personally like to express my genuine thanks to every one of them for everything they do for our organisation.

“It is a pleasure and a privilege to have them with us.”

For more information on how to become a volunteer, call Sandra Mabon, Project Manager, for a friendly chat on 01563 577311.