Frenchay Hospital volunteer honoured with award from Duchess of Cornwall

Friday, 31 January 2014

A familiar face at Frenchay Hospital has been honoured by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall for his voluntary work.

Alan Alford is a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer who takes a trolley around wards at the hospital.

The 78-year-old was named as a Diamond Champion for the work he does to help others.

He was invited to Lancaster House in London yesterday for a reception attended by president of the charity the Duchess of Cornwall, presenter Philip Schofield and actress Patricia Routledge.

Alan was one of 12 volunteers from across the country chosen for their commitment to helping others and was presented with a Diamond Champions pin and certificate.

He always greets patients on the wards at North Bristol NHS Trust with friendly conversation and a smile and will often go the extra mile to make sure everyone has what they need, often returning to the shop to collect additional items.

Alan has also completed four half marathons in the last five years, raising thousands of pounds for children’s charities, despite having had two hip replacements and a knee replacement.

As well as his role with the Royal Voluntary Service at Frenchay Hospital Alan is a volunteer driver for St Peter’s Hospice
Alan said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day."

He added: “Volunteering gives me such satisfaction, because you see the difference it makes to people’s lives.”