AFTER reading your front page article about the WRVS losing the contract for the shop in Solihull Hospital and The Friends of Solihull Hospital being stopped from taking the afternoon trolley around the wards, I can tell you that ‘gobsmacked’ isn’t the only word that comes to the mind of the volunteers who are affected by this executive decision to allow WH Smith to take over the shop.
I am one of a number of ladies who give their time freely to go around the wards selling a good variety of sweets, chocolates, drinks and biscuits, and we all know just how much our service is appreciated.
We also chat to the patients and hopefully give them a bit of cheer during their hospital stay. I have only been doing the trolley for about three years, but some of the ladies have been doing it for an awful lot longer, and I know that we all enjoy doing it very much. All the profits go to provide much needed extras for the wards and departments.
This decision is again about big companies pushing out the smaller ones, but this time we are not companies, but charities with wonderful volunteers wanting to give something back to our local hospital.
I feel that this decision is a kick in the teeth to all the hardworking volunteers, and on hearing the news I felt so saddened that this wonderful service will no more be provided by ‘The Friends’.
I will so miss doing it and I know the patients and staff will miss us too!
Mrs Hilary Twinberrow, Chamberlain Crescent, Shirley.