A Northern Trust volunteer has been honored at the Helpforce Champions Awards.
Helpforce partners with health and care organizations across the UK to accelerate the growth and impact of volunteering. The awards are a chance to highlight those who give their time to help NHS staff and voluntary and community organisations, and support patients, their families and carers.
Janet Potts, Macmillan Volunteer Beautician and Look Good Feel Better volunteer from the Macmillan Unit of Antrim Region Hospital, has been announced as the winner of Volunteer of the Year: Northern Ireland at the Helpforce Champions Awards 2022.
Janet was shortlisted and crowned the winner for her commitment in difficult times and her outstanding contribution to volunteerism in the health and care sector through her volunteer services as an aesthetic therapist with patients and families receiving palliative care. in the Macmillan Unit, Antrim Region Hospital.
In addition to this, Janet is also a volunteer with the charity Look Good Feel Better which works in partnership with the Northern Trust. She conducts virtual cosmetic therapy sessions via Zoom for patients receiving treatment after a cancer diagnosis. This has been particularly important during the Covid 19 pandemic in providing that much needed connection and support to patients.
Nicola McAleese, Macmillan’s Volunteer Coordinator, said, “Janet has been volunteering for over 21 years and is passionate about her volunteer roles. She brings so much joy and happiness into the lives of so many people when their mood is low and they are most vulnerable. Volunteering is a big part of Janet’s life and she epitomizes what a volunteer can do for an organization like Macmillan Cancer Support, LGFB and the Northern Trust.
Janet said: “It was a wonderful day of celebration at the awards ceremony in London, which was made even better by winning the Volunteer of the Year (NI) award. I am delighted to accept this award for all Macmillan volunteers in Northern Ireland who give their time freely and voluntarily to help others.
“It’s a pleasure to work with patients and it’s very humble to help others feel good about themselves when they’re going through a really tough time.”
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