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Unsung Hero

A lady who helps at the Crowborough Hospital has recently been recognised at the NHS Trust’s annual staff award ceremony.

Kay Southard was crowned Volunteer of the Year at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust's Staff Stars Awards 2019.
Kay Southard with Chief Executive Miles Scott and comedian Paul Kerensa (Photo MTW NHS Trust)

Kay Southard retired from the NHS after 29 years’ service but returned as a volunteer supporting staff and making tea and toast for patients and their loved ones at the Birthing Centre. Kay Southard, was crowned winner of the Volunteer of the Year category:

This unsung hero’s cheery disposition, enthusiasm and keenness to help out wherever they can means they are loved dearly by everyone who meets them.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust’s Staff Stars Awards took place on Friday 15th November at High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells. 

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust manages the Birthing Centre at Crowborough Hospital and all associated community midwifery care for women living in the High Weald area.

Staff and volunteers were joined by comedian Paul Kerensa, writer for BBC1’s Miranda and Not Going Out, who helped celebrate their achievements.

The event also thanked members of staff who have worked for the NHS for over 30 years.

Singing Nation, the Trust’s choir which is made up of doctors, nurses, physios, porters, administrators and other staff from right across the workforce, sang songs as guests arrived and during the interval.

Miles Scott, Chief Executive (pictured left), said:

Holding our annual Staff Stars Awards is a chance to shine a light on our staff’s achievements, commitments and professionalism and highlight them not only to those working within the Trust but also the wider community.

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