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Sandra Rawlings

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Sandra has worked for the Trust for four years and is a volunteer support officer with its voluntary and community development services. 

SCFT’s Employee Supported Volunteering scheme allows staff to volunteer for other organisations, such as St John Ambulance, but the 58-year-old has chosen to use it to support the vaccination programme by working as a steward at the Trust’s Chichester vaccination centre. 

“Interviewing the volunteers during the recruitment process and listening to their stories really inspired me,” she says. “Their motivation for supporting their community and the NHS was truly touching and I felt it was something I also wanted to be part of. 

“Like most people over the last year I have felt really helpless at times, so this was something practical I could actually do to help out.” 

Sandra says her role enables her to spend time with “the most amazing volunteers”. 

“Nothing is too much trouble for them,” she says. “If you ask them to cover extra shifts they willingly do this. They are kind and helpful to the clients and provide reassurance to those who are anxious. They are committed to making sure the vaccination programme is a success.” 

Sandra says the pandemic has increased her “huge respect” for the NHS and its staff. 

“Since COVID-19, I am staggered by the resilience and fortitude of the staff and I could not be prouder to be part of this organisation,” she explains. 

Sandra says the vaccination programme is bringing people hope and she is encouraging everyone to be optimistic about the future. 

“Some of the people in this country have suffered terribly over the past year,” she says. “Regrettably, we cannot change what has happened, but I sincerely hope this may be the start of things beginning to improve.”