Friend of RCH receives Order of Mercy
THE work of a hospital volunteer from Ponsanooth has been recognised with a Badge of the Order of Mercy at a ceremony in London.
Suzie Woodier, a member of the Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital for 12 years and co-ordinator of the patient complimentary drinks and hostess service, was nominated by the Friends and senior matron Kathryn Radcliffe.
"While this award was given to me, I have a very supportive team of volunteers whom I consider it a privilege to work with and I really think of this award as a team effort," she said.
"We now have 75 to 80 volunteers serving 71,000 drinks a year in these services. We're often the first contact patients have with the hospital and it's important we represent the Friends and the hospital in the best possible way."
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She received her badge from the League of Mercy's president, Lord Lingfield.
"The ceremony was held in the Egyptian room at the Mansion House which was very sumptuous and beautiful and I got to meet a lot of very interesting people who, like me, were receiving the award," she said.
Each year about 20 to 25 volunteers are picked to receive the Badge of the Order of Mercy, a hallmarked silver gilt representation of the original 1899 design depicting a figure of Charity designed by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
The League was founded to establish a large group of individuals to run voluntary hospitals and assist in the relief of sickness and suffering, but after the creation of the NHS in 1948 voluntary hospitals ceased to exist and the League was wound up.
It was relaunched in 1999.