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Vol­un­teer army grows

- Society · Volunteering

THE mag­nif­i­cent re­sponse to our Christ­mas cam­paign gets bet­ter and bet­ter.

Less than 72 hours af­ter we ap­pealed for vol­un­teers to help in the NHS, no fewer than 11,000 read­ers have ral­lied to the call – pledg­ing a stag­ger­ing 600,000 hours of their pre­cious time. This ap­peal has not only cap­tured the pub­lic imag­i­na­tion, it has sparked a na­tional de­bate.

We’ve seen a huge wave of en­thu­si­asm from NHS lead­ers, unions and celebritie­s. And yes­ter­day a study by the em­i­nent King’s Fund showed that 90 per cent of health pro­fes­sion­als be­lieve vol­un­teers play a cru­cial role – bring­ing ‘ hu­man kind­ness’ to busy hospi­tals.

So once again, we salute our ex­tra­or­di­nary read­ers and urge them to spread the mes­sage to their friends and fam­ily. They too can make a dif­fer­ence, by giv­ing vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients the gift of their time.

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