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From three months to 39 years - celebrating our volunteers

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Every day, there are volunteers buzzing around Palmerston North Hospital, providing services to improve the stay of our patients.

​A celebration was held today, to recognise these people who do so much for the organisation.

Whether it’s pushing around the trolley with snacks and toiletries, collecting magazines for people to read, gardening, ferrying people around in the car park shuttle, or becoming a St John’s Friend of the Emergency Department, there is a whole range of ways that people can volunteer.

Yvonne Sterling is the longest serving volunteer, and was one of the original founders of the group, 39 years ago. At the time she wanted to volunteer to help out, but was surprised to find that no such volunteer scheme existed. Working with hospital management and other like-minded volunteers, she soon had a group going, with sometimes up to 100 members.

On the other end of the spectrum is the DHB’s newest volunteer. Kayleigh Moore has been a volunteer for only a few months, but is really enjoying the experience. She was a bit at a loss for what to do, when she bumped into someone who mentioned volunteering as a great way to get into something, especially if you’re struggling to figure out the right path for you. After a quick piece of googling, she stumbled across the DHB volunteer system, and that as they say, was that.

Anne Amoore, Manager, Human Resources said: “These volunteers are amazing people who give up their time to come to the hospital and help out those who are going through hard times. Whether it’s a friendly face pushing around the snack trolley, or a comforting presence in ED, our volunteers make their presence felt throughout the hospital.

“The fact that we have volunteers who started nearly forty years ago shows that this is really a rewarding experience. Volunteers are an important part in the running of not only this organisation, but the entire country, and we always take any opportunity to show our thanks for what they do.”

Volunteers for the DHB are always welcome. If anyone is keen on volunteering, they can contact Christine Wood on (06) 350-8204 or

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