Richard Byrt, Volunteer Visitor, Arnold Lodge
I became a volunteer befriender at Arnold Lodge because, after retiring from work there, I wanted to continue to contribute to patients in a small way. The Coronavirus has made face-to-face voluntary work impossible. However, thanks to Managers and Staff, it has been possible to continue befriending visits through the use of Skype.
In addition, I have pleased to be able to regularly send letters and cards to older patients who have been unable to have visitors because of the Coronavirus. This has been possible because of two Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust projects: at Kingsley ward, Millbrook mental health unit and, with the involvement of Age UK (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) at Lings Bar Hospital.
Richard was one of our first Volunteer Visitors at Arnold Lodge and started back in 2012.