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Anne Streeter

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“When I saw the advertisement on Facebook (for stewards at the Brighton Centre vaccination centre) I didn’t think twice about applying,” says Anne, who retired from the NHS in 2014 after 43 years’ service, mainly in the Trust’s human resources department.

“I knew instantly that it was something I wanted to do. I read the role description and thought, ‘I can do this!’

“Volunteering means choosing to work - and the best thing I can offer is my time. Volunteering helps me feel I am part of something outside my friends and family, and gives me a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.

“I wanted to be involved with the vaccination programme and volunteering was a way that I could be part of this ground-breaking project.”

Anne, who is 74 and lives in Patcham, Brighton, is enjoying her work.

I feel, in a very small way, that I am helping to contribute to the success of the vaccination programme and feel extremely proud that I am part of it,” she says. “I have met a lot of people from all walks of life and have had some interesting conversations.”

Anne’s role has not altered her opinion of the NHS. She says she had “the best job in the world” and worked with “some amazing and supportive people”.

However, it does appear to have fuelled her optimism about the future. 

“The last 12 months have been extremely challenging, to the say the least,” she says. “Life will get back to some kind of normality during 2021; I know it will.”