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Influx of volunteers as people in Bristol sign up to help the NHS

By lowie trevena, Thursday Apr 2, 2020

Thousands in Bristol have responded to the NHS calls for volunteers.

Following the launch of the NHS Volunteer Responders on March 25, more than 750,000 volunteers across the country have offered to help health and care services during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’d like to thank all the amazing volunteers who have put themselves forward to support health and care services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire,” says Julia Ross, the chief executive of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.

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“The actions carried out by each volunteer over the coming weeks will have a significant impact on people’s lives.”

As well as thousands of volunteers signing up to help the NHS, more than 20,000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals have returned to practice across the UK, with Dr Martin Jones, medical director of Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, saying: “Returning health and care professionals will be bringing significant expertise and many years of experience with them to support the fight against coronavirus.”

Volunteers will help NHS staff and front line workers. Photo courtesy of University Hospitals Bristol

“The NHS is an amazing service that most of us take for granted and it’s incredible to see how hard all of our doctors, nurses and NHS staff are working,” says Ashley, a volunteer from Bedminster.

“I signed up to volunteer because I really wanted to help out in any way I could, by offering up some of my time to support everyone during this crisis and to give something back to those in need in the community.”

Main photo by Martin Booth

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