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Outstanding volunteers honoured at Community Awards

Two of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s (L&D) longest supporters were honoured at the Luton & Bedfordshire Community Awards 2015 held on Friday evening (23 October) at Venue Central.

Chair of the L&D Charitable Fund Committee and former non executive director, Cliff Bygrave, won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Pam Brown, former governor and leading fundraiser, won the Exceptional Achievement Award.

Chief Executive Pauline Philip, said: “Both Cliff and Pam continue to work tirelessly to support the Trust, and spread the good work of the L&D, as well as volunteering in the wider community. We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them for the extraordinary contribution they have made to our hospital.”

Cliff Bygrave
Pauline Philip, Chief Executive paid tribute to Cliff, saying “Cliff’s integrity, compassion, willingness to help and the time he has given are inspirational, his advice and guidance are held in the highest esteem. He has committed his time to supporting, leading and helping others outside of his working life.”

Cliff has been a Non-Executive Director for the NHS since 1988 and for the Luton and Dunstable Hospital since 2001. His professionalism resulted in him Chairing the Trust finance, audit and charitable funds committees, being appointed the Senior Independent Director and championing chaplaincy at the Board. He has always ensured that he visits the clinical areas and works closely with the Trust Governors to support progression, stability and safety within the hospital. He has since stepped down as a Non-Executive Director, but has continued as the Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee in a voluntary role.

As an accountant, Cliff has devoted his life to helping other people and groups through the minefield of financial accounting and corporate governance. He has been the Trustee for Methodist Churches in his local area around Studham, Governor, Trustee and Chairman for his local schools, Treasurer for his local cricket and football teams, Treasurer and Trustee Friends of Luton Parish Church for 22 years and more recently Trustee and National Treasurer of the Boys Brigade.

Pam Brown
Pauline Philip said: “This award is richly deserved. There is no such word as ‘can’t’ when it comes to Pam. If we need something doing and there are some barriers to getting it done, we know if Pam is involved she will not give up until the right thing for patients, staff and volunteers is done and finished. We cannot thank her enough for the outstanding contribution she continues to make to our hospital and patient care.”

Until September of this year, Pam had been an extremely active Governor for nine years, since the hospital became a Foundation Trust. She has arranged many ‘meet the consultants’ community events across the local area and has visited so may GP practices to represent the Trust and sign up people to the L&D membership that we have lost count.

A volunteer in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department and at hospital reception, Pam is a tireless fundraiser for the L&D and other charities – she can be seen across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire shaking tins at supermarkets, festivals and carnivals.

Pam organises fundraising events like lecture nights, quiz nights and race nights and gala dinners. She also helps out at many of the other fundraising and charitable occasions held at the Trust. She has supported the work to receive significant donations for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac services and Prostate Cancer Biopsy machine Appeal fundraising. She was instrumental in supporting the setting up of the newly opened NICU parents’ accommodation.

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