Volunteer at the Trust winter ballPeople who volunteer at our hospitals are a vital part of our team.

Currently around 700 people donate their time to support our staff to deliver the very highest standards of care with compassion.  Volunteers are often the first people patients and visitors see when they come to hospital, providing a warm welcome and offering practical support, information, and helping to allay any anxieties.

Volunteers undertake a wide variety of roles, from running our coffee shops to helping patients and visitors find their way around.

For more information about the volunteers service contact Sylvia Turner on 01257 247536 or email sylvia.turner@lthtr.nhs.uk

If you would like to become a volunteer please visit our vacancies page and select the tab for 'volunteers'.


Our longest serving volunteer!

Joan Hardcastle, who is 93 years old, is our longest serving volunteer and has been helping us out for over 40 years.

Joan was awarded an MBE in 2001 for her services to volunteering.

Joan collects donated books and takes them round the wards at Royal Preston Hospital and patients return them once they have finished with them.

Joan has actually been volunteering for the NHS for 54 years, working for 14 of those in the Midlands with the Womens Royal Volunteers Service (WRVS).

 “I have dedicated over half of my life to volunteering in the NHS. I really enjoy speaking to patients and providing them with something to read while they are in hospital.”

Volunteer group