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Joyful hospital volunteer is a true Helpforce Champion

Omagh Hospital volunteer, Niall Millar, who has been praised for bringing “joy and sunshine” to his role, has been highly commended in the Helpforce Champions Awards 2019.

Niall, who has been a ‘Meet and Greet’ volunteer at Omagh Hospital since 2014, attended the awards ceremony in London last week with his brother Andrew.

He assists those who need help at the self check-in, offers directions and if required escorts patients, visitors to their destination.

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Niall said, “I really enjoy meeting people and helping them to check in at the kiosk for their appointment. It can be an anxious time for people coming to the hospital and my role is to make the journey easier for them. Volunteering does make a difference to people in my local community.”

Anne Love, MBE Volunteer Services for the Western Trust who nominated Niall for the award described him as a “very valued volunteer” at the Omagh Hospital.

Anne continued, “Niall has excellent interpersonal skills and is very popular with patients, visitors and staff. He brings joy and sunshine to his role which in turn translates into a very positive interaction with all those he encounters – nothing is too much bother for him.”

Niall along with Sr Nichola Cairns, Trauma and Orthopaedic Ward Manager at Altnagelvin Hospital were the only two shortlisted from HSC Trusts in the North.

Helpforce is a national movement on a mission to improve the lives of NHS staff, patients and communities through the power of volunteering. It aims to make community-integrated healthcare the norm across the UK.

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