Older Volunteer of the Year

Rosemary Fletcher, a former occupational therapist, received the 2018 Older Volunteer of the Year Award to mark the 30th anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP). After retiring from the NHS, Rosemary decided to volunteer with RSVP Forth Valley. Given her NHS background she was asked to help out at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. The work of the hospital project is mainly to provide help and comfort to patients but to also keep family and friends informed while their loved ones are under treatment. This relieves some of the hard pressed staff to allow them to concentrate on patient care.

Rosemary then became the organiser for all the RSVP volunteers in Forth Valley Royal Hospital and has developed new projects within the hospital. Thanks to her enthusiasm, commitment and drive the RSVP Hospital Projects have developed enormously – with now over 80 volunteers assisting in various departments.