I attended this event today to thank all the League of Friends volunteers, on behalf of the City, for all their work. Sir Jonathan Michael, the Chief Executive of the OUH/NHS Trust also gave a speech and who will be unveiled a commemorative plaque for this event.
LOF at the NOC started with a small tea bar and has grown magnificently to the present shop with its excellent range and a trolley service to wards with newspapers and confectionery etc. I know it is a great comfort to patients and plays a very real role in their positive experience here and their recovery. Some patients have no other visitors so a friendly LOF visit can have really positive effects on clinical outcomes. The total of the excellent work this League of Friends has done since 1964 is incredible. In 50 years its volunteers have:
- Gifted £1,126,200 to the hospital
- Buttered and filled 3 million rolls
- Served over 5 million drinks
- Given 500,000 man-hours of time (worth over £3,000,000 at minimum wage!)
These are great achievements and a real credit to the generosity and kindness of LOF volunteers at the hospital.