Volunteer recognised for 40 years’ service to St Richard’s

Pam Snelling, centre, pictured with husband, Barrie, and director of nursing and patient safety, Cathy Stone

Pam Snelling, centre, pictured with husband, Barrie, and director of nursing and patient safety, Cathy Stone

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She’s a real cut above the rest and now hospital volunteer Pam Snelling has been recognised for helping patients look and feel good for the past 40 years.

Mrs Snelling, who is in her 70s, signed up as a volunteer at St Richard’s Hospital in April 1971, giving patients the benefit of her skills as a hairdresser.

Over the years she has provided thousands of free haircuts to patients and she has now been recognised as the hospital’s longest-serving volunteer.

“I just love doing it,” she said.

“I just felt it would be a nice thing to do to bring pleasure to other people.”

Mrs Snelling, who lives in Chichester, visits Middleton Ward on Monday mornings, but used to go twice a week.

On average she completes four haircuts in a morning despite having had both hips replaced, and can do washes, blowdries and sets as well as trims.

She also manages to fit in visiting hospice residents once a week.

To mark her impressive volunteering milestone, Mrs Snelling was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a cake by hospital staff.

Husband Barrie said: “I’m very proud of her, and I hope she carries on for a very long time to come.”

Anyone who wants to know more about volunteering at St Richard’s should email claire.goldsmith@wsht.nhs.uk or call 01243 788122 extension 2456.