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North Tyneside Hospital’s café named after volunteer, Harry

Tuesday, 21 July, 2020
North Tyneside Hospital’s café named after volunteer, Harry

Harry was a hugely valued and admired member of our Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Volunteering Service. He had been an active volunteer buggy driving at North Tyneside hospital for many years. At 97 years of age, Harry was still serving his community by meeting and greeting visitors and patients when they arrived at hospital. In total he had completed over 70 years of volunteering in a number of roles across the region.

Harry decided to retire from service in June 2019, to enjoy time with his family and friends. Unfortunately, he took ill and sadly passed away on Thursday 30 April 2020.

Harry was a true pillar of society, a gentle kind man, who was a wonderful example of how volunteering can become a life-long rewarding activity. He will be truly missed by everyone within the trust and the volunteer service.

As a service we understand staff and volunteers will miss him greatly for his dedication and loyalty to our volunteering service and the trust.

That is why our North Tyneside General Hospital’s new upmarket café has been named in honour of him.

Our Bright charity has transformed what was a conventional shop at the main entrance into a space which can be used for social interaction and wellbeing activities for patients, staff and visitors, post COVID-19.

‘Harry’s Café’, opened Wednesday 1 July, a tribute to a true volunteering legend.

To find out more about volunteering, email volunteers@northumbria.nhs.uk or contact 0191 203 1511

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