2 June 2021

Volunteers play a critical role at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, helping to support our services, staff and patients. 

They volunteer thousands of hours of their time each year, carrying out vital tasks such as visiting inpatients to provide them with some company and conversation and assisting teams with the delivery of their services.

Patient research ambassadors are also volunteers, helping to promote research and the important of patient and public involvement. 

In 2021, volunteers have played a pivotal role in our COVID-19 response. From sewing scrubs and wash bags to distributing food and wellbeing packages, they have supported our staff wellbeing throughout the pandemic, helping to maintain and improve patient care. At Royal Papworth Hospital, volunteers have also helped to run our vaccine hub since January, where almost 15,500 jabs have been administered. 

Sharon, Aileen and Chris are three of those who have given their time for free. We are greatful to them and all their volunteer colleagues.  


Ski school manager and volunteer

"It's been an absolute privilege to be a part of the vaccination programme. As part of a team we have helped protect key workers so that they can keep working to care for you."

A person with blonde hair, wearing a mask and an orange hi-vis vest.

Recently retired doctor and volunteer

"Volunteering on the vaccine programme has been so rewarding. Everybody I have worked with has been incredibly welcoming and inclusive. It's been such a pleasure to be able to help." 

A person wearing glasses and a mask, in blue scrubs with a pink high-vis vest.

Recently retired doctor and volunteer 

"I'm pleased that I have been able to contribute to the vaccine programme in such a practical way. It was very rewarding to be able to support, and be supported by, the great team at Royal Papworth Hospital." 

A person wearing a mask and blue scrubs with a pink high-vis vest.

If you are interested in volunteering at Royal Papworth Hospital, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) Team who will be pleased to hear from you:

Tel: 01223 638896 or 01223 638963
Email: papworth.pals@nhs.net