We are so lucky to have lots of selfless, caring volunteers who make a huge difference to patients and staff at the RUH. When we heard that Keith Getheridge, one of our volunteers had won the Trust’s prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award we were so pleased as he has really gone above and beyond to support us this past year.
Keith is a fantastic ambassador not only for The Forever Friends Appeal but the RUH, and he continues to spread the good work that the hospital does out in the local community, inspiring many
others to fundraise and volunteer to help make a real difference.
Keith first became involved with our charity after the loss of his wife in March 2019. He and his family set up a tribute fund in honour of Wendy to fundraise towards the new Dyson Cancer Centre in her memory. With the wonderful support of family and friends, he has taken on many fundraising challenges to raise vital funds and also raise awareness for the appeal and the RUH. From running marathons to organising pub quizzes, cricket matches and much more, to date their fundraising efforts have raised an incredible £25,000.
On top of this, Keith signed up in May 2020, through the NHS volunteering initiative and took on a volunteer housekeeping role on the Surgical Short Stay ward. He clocked up an amazing 576 hours, working from 7:30am to 1.30pm, four days a week and even came in to help cover holidays.
If you were to meet Keith, you would soon realise he does everything with a huge smile on his face. No task is too small or great, and we are so thankful for his support and he really does deserve winning this Volunteer of the Year award.
Keith said: “I feel very proud and honoured to have won this award, not only for me, but also for all my family, friends and others who have contributed and hopefully will continue to do so towards the new Cancer Centre.
Wendy was passionate about the new centre and through my volunteering and fundraising, I’m only giving something back to say thank you for the wonderful help and care she received at the RUH. She’d be very proud as well.”