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Why we love this won­der­ful cam­paign – and urge YOU to join

From some of our best-loved stars... SIM­PLY GO ON­LINE TO hos­pi­tal­help­force.com TO JOIN TO­DAY

- By Alisha Rouse, Susie Coen and Jen­nifer Ruby Society · Volunteering · Tom Jones · Joanna Lumley · Cliff Richard · Canada · Clive

AS mo­men­tum grew for thou­sands of vol­un­teers to lend our hospi­tals a help­ing hand, more fa­mous faces backed the Daily Mail’s cam­paign. Join­ing the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Joanna Lum­ley and Sir Cliff Richard are: JOANNA TROL­LOPE: ‘Most peo­ple re­ally want to help oth­ers, but have no idea how to go about it. Well, here’s the an­swer – why not join the tens of thou­sands of vol­un­teers on which the NHS de­pends to sup­port its pa­tients, thus free­ing the staff to fo­cus on highly skilled treat­ment and care? There are 300 dif­fer­ent vol­un­teer roles that need fill­ing – so one of them should suit you, don’t you think?’ DAV­INA MCCALL: ‘I owe so much to the fan­tas­tic health­care staff who have helped me and my fam­ily over the years. Our NHS em­ploy­ees work so hard to look af­ter those of us who are un­well and in need of their help. I think the Daily Mail cam­paign with Help force is a bril­liant idea which could make a huge amount of dif­fer­ence.’ BRYAN FERRY: ‘I will al­ways be grate­ful for the out­stand­ing ef­forts the NHS and the emer­gency ser­vices showed in my son’s care af­ter his ter­ri­ble car ac­ci­dent. Help force’s cam­paign will be a great com­fort to pa­tients and an in­valu­able sup­port to the hard-work­ing NHS staff.’

HIS­TO­RIAN DAN SNOW: ‘Vol­un­teer­ing is good for the NHS, good for our fel­low ci­ti­zens and, just as im­por­tantly, good for you. My kids love do­ing a present run to the chil­dren in Southamp­ton Hos­pi­tal at Christ­mas. It’s the high­light of the fes­tive sea­son and ob­vi­ously it’s a great com­fort to the kids who are in hos­pi­tal. My dad [Peter Snow] col­lapsed with menin­gi­tis a few years back. The NHS team re­vived him, sta­bilised him and re­turned him to his old self. The nurses went above and be­yond ev­ery day. The doc­tors were world class. Heroes.’ BRI­TISH TEN­NIS STAR JO­HANNA KONTA: ‘I am very happy to en­dorse the Daily Mail/Help­force project for the NHS, which looks af­ter peo­ple when most in need. It is im­por­tant for those of us lucky enough to en­joy good health not to for­get the kind of work done in our hospi­tals and I hope that peo­ple will feel able to get be­hind this ex­cel­lent idea.’

BRYAN ADAMS: ‘When I came off my mo­tor­cy­cle and broke my hand in Brix­ton back in 2002, I was given a cast at the lo­cal hos­pi­tal and couldn’t have had bet­ter treat­ment. The NHS is sim­i­lar to the so­cial medicine sys­tem in Canada, where ev­ery­one is given the op­tion to have free treat­ment. I wish it was the same ev­ery­where. The call for vol­un­teers for the NHS by Help force and the Daily Mail is bril­liant and any­thing to help peo­ple in need by peo­ple gen­er­ously giv­ing their time gets my sup­port.’

MAU­RICE SAATCHI: ‘The NHS doesn’t need money printed on bus sides. It needs feet on the ground. This in­spired cam­paign will do that.’

SIR CLIVE WOOD­WARD: ‘What a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive from Help force and well done to the Daily Mail for sup­port­ing this. I would urge any­body who has an af­ter­noon or even a day free to con­sider this. It’s all about team­work and want­ing to help make a dif­fer­ence. No mat­ter what your pol­i­tics, I think we can all ac­knowl­edge that the NHS is faced with an al­most im­pos­si­ble task car­ing for our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion – yet there are so many peo­ple out there who have a lit­tle time on their hands who would hap­pily lend a hand do­ing some of the me­nial and sup­port tasks. That might just free up a lit­tle more time for the pro­fes­sion­als. They are do­ing great things un­der dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and by sup­port­ing Help force we could make it just a lit­tle bit eas­ier for them.’

KATE GAR­RAWAY: ‘The NHS is some­thing we are all proud of and grate­ful for and the Daily Mail’s cam­paign to turn our na­tional love for the NHS into prac­ti­cal sup­port is a great one. I have so many per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of how the NHS has been bril­liant for me, from trips to A&E with the kids for var­i­ous bumps and sprains, to car­ing for my un­cle in his fi­nal days with pan­cre­atic can­cer, to re­cently when they treated me so bril­liantly for sus­pected menin­gi­tis. Even though at the time I was feel­ing very un­well, the staff were so car­ing and pro­fes­sional. I’m de­lighted to sup­port this cam­paign and I look for­ward to get­ting stuck in with the rest of the vol­un­teer team.’

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‘A bril­liant idea’: Jo­hanna Konta, above left, and Dav­ina McCall back our cam­paign
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 ??  ?? Lend­ing sup­port: Bryan Ferry and nov­el­ist Joanna Trol­lope
Lend­ing sup­port: Bryan Ferry and nov­el­ist Joanna Trol­lope

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