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27 June 2012

We continue to work together - WRVS and UH Bristol


The following letter was written jointly by the WRVS and University Hospitals Bristol (UH Bristol) and published in The Post (Bristol) on 27 June 2012 in response to a comment piece published in the newspaper earlier in the week:


Dear Sir 

We were disappointed to read the comment piece in Monday's paper: 'Shameful treatment of hospital supporters' (The Post, June 25).

The WRVS and UH Bristol have a long-standing relationship, which has over the years included a number of WRVS volunteers and staff working alongside NHS staff to provide services and support throughout Bristol's city centre hospitals, contribute to the Trust's volunteering strategy.  In addition the charity has made generous donations towards improvements for patients, recently this included a donation of £175,000 towards dementia care. 

Our relationship will continue and is not at risk, volunteering remains central to the NHS.  However, things do change and over recent months, the Trust has been in consultation with the WRVS about plans to expand some facilities and alter others across the hospitals. Options under discussion currently include expanding the existing WRVS shop in the foyer of the children's hospital to provide hot snacks and light meals, introducing a WRVS drinks kiosk outside the existing entrance to the BRI and another WRVS sales kiosk in the atrium of the Bristol Heart Institute.  In order to accommodate the work on the new welcome centre, for the BRI, the WRVS café on level two of the BRI will close at the end of June and the WRVS shop, in the same location, will close at the end of October.

The Trust and the WRVS will continue to work together in new and existing ways to support the life and work of UH Bristol.

Steven Hargreaves, Head of Regions for WRVS

Deborah Lee, Director of Strategic Development, UH Bristol