Florence steps down after 25 years

One of the longest serving volunteers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, is stepping down after 25 years.

Florence Bush has provided a friendly face at the reception desk along with helping out on the wards during her time with the hospital.

While manning the foyer, Mrs Bush first met her partner Raymond Dowsett MBE, who regularly visited the hospital in his role as Chairman of the Lynn Heart Support Group.

Mrs Bush has now decided to retire from volunteering but would recommend the experience to others after “loving every moment”.

She said: “I have always said that volunteering here is the best therapy you could have. You also learn a lot.

“People say ‘You do a wonderful job’ but it’s not work if you love what you are doing. I would definitely recommend volunteering at the hospital.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Mrs Bush, who will still be popping into the hospital to use the salon, was presented with a certificate to mark her service by Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein. Jean-Ann Thurston has also stepped down after 25 years of volunteering.

Mrs Hosein said: “I would like to thank Florence for her dedicated support over the last 25 years. She has been a real asset to the front desk by always providing a cheerful smile to greet our patients when they arrive.  Our aim is to become an outstanding Trust in all areas of patient care, and we could not do that without the support of the community and volunteers like Florence.”

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