Young volunteer recognised for dedication
19 July 2012

Tameside Hospital’s volunteer play worker Deanna Crag has been recognised for her dedication, reliability and conscientiousness working on the children’s ward.

Twenty- year-old Deanne is to receive an Excellence in Care award from the hospital after winning the overall prize in the latest award judging.

Qualified Nursery Nurse Deanna was selected by the awards panel for her compassion and dedication to the children’s ward at Tameside Hospital.

Nominated for this award by staff member Angela Everton, Deanna is described as an integral part of the team who demonstrates compassion and empathy in her work, whilst assisting the play team.  

Angela said: “Deanna is such an ambassador for the play team.  She is so empathetic with the families whilst her dedication is to be admired. She comes in two days every week without fail.  
 
“She works so hard. I just thought she should be recognised and this would be a nice way of saying thank you.”

Deanna was first inspired to the role of play specialist after the hospital’s team attended Progression week at Tameside College in May 2011and has given freely of her time ever since .

She said: “Before then I’d always thought I’d work in a nursery or school but now that I’m at the hospital I’ve decided this is the area I’d like to get into.  When I’m on the ward I find toys for the children to play with and take them to the playroom, give the parents a break and do creative work with them. Based on an animal of the month I assist the children with colouring, painting and collage work which is then displayed in the ward.”

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Director of HR David Wilkinson said: “We have many nominations each quarter for our Excellence in Care award from members of the public, patients and staff. Every nomination describes a special person and this hospital has many people who deserve to be recognised.

“Deanna is a very deserving winner. As a volunteer, she gives up her time freely to work with our patients and it takes a very special person to think of others in this way. We would not only like to recognise her with this award, but thank her too for her dedication and support – she is certainly an excellent winner.”