Volunteer retires after giving almost 30 years of her time to Stroke Scheme

Judy Hall from Whitehaven is leaving her voluntary role of working with stroke patients after around 30 years of service.

Judy has been volunteering with The Speech After Stroke Scheme which is part of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CPFT) Speech and Language Therapy Department. The scheme aims to give practical and emotional help and support to people who have ongoing communication problems following a stroke. 

Alison Tams, Speech After Stroke Scheme Coordinator for CPFT said:

“Judy has been an incredible asset to the scheme over the years and she has donated an immense amount of time to help our patients. Judy’s commitment to her volunteering is second to none; she has even refused to go on holiday and refused days out in the past as her week has revolved around supporting the group.  Nothing has ever been too much trouble for Judy and she is always willing to help with fundraising activities at weekends too.

“Sadly Judy is moving to live nearer her daughter at Christmas time this year and she will no longer be able to volunteer with us. Judy will be greatly missed by our patients, staff and other volunteers, we all really appreciate her efforts and dedication to the scheme.”

Alison added:

“To thank Judy for all her hard work and immense support we held a surprise leaving party for her which saw a number of Speech Therapy staff, volunteers and patients all come together.”

Support for the Speech After Stroke Scheme is provided by a team of 30 volunteers; the largest within CPFT. The volunteers work alongside Speech Therapists from CPFT and have all been trained in supported conversation, first aid, safeguarding, Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression, swallowing and modified diets. The volunteers regularly help at with conversation groups, lunch groups, one to one home visits and visits on the stroke ward at West Cumberland Hospital.