Dudley South MP Shows Support for Volunteers

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Mike joining the volunteering team at Russells Hall for the more tea round

Mike Wood – Dudley South’s Member of Parliament – continues with his plans to volunteer for various charities, community groups and public services this week after his voluntary efforts in September were interrupted when MPs were recalled to Parliament.

Each year Mike joins volunteers at local charities, community organisations and public services to support those who regularly give up many hours of their lives for those less fortunate.

The MP is joining the excellent Mary Stevens Hospice team in their Brierley Hill shop on Thursday afternoon, followed by another session helping to hand out food and other products at the local foodbank on Friday.

Mike said, “I am trying to get around as many charities, community organisations and public services as possible this Autumn to show my sincere appreciation for the hard work the small army of volunteers put in assisting our local community every week.”

Mike used the first prorogation of Parliament as an opportunity to spend a day with the West Midlands Ambulance Service – both in their call centre and on-shift with one of their teams.

Mike said “I cannot thank the West Midlands Ambulance Service enough for allowing me to shadow them in the call centre and on shift. The work they do day in, day out to help people who have emergency health problems is second to none.”

The MP also enjoyed helping the Russells Hall Hospital volunteering team with the tea round and lunch serving, which went down very well with patients.

The sepsis team at Russells Hall were also keen to show Mike the series of activities and games they take around the hospital to teach staff and patients about the signs and symptoms of the illness.

Speaking of his time volunteering at the hospital, Mike said, “I always enjoy spending a day with the extremely dedicated volunteers at Russells Hall, who work hard all year round to ensure the hospital runs efficiently and patients are kept safe.

“Spending time with the hospital’s volunteers again this year highlighted their importance to the way Russells Hall functions and I’d like to personally thank them for their kindness, good humour and dedication.”

Mike has also spent an afternoon at Myles Court Care Home in Brierley Hill as part of his volunteering programme, where he served fish and chips to residents at lunchtime and called out the bingo numbers in the afternoon.

“I am trying to get around as many charities, community organisations and public services as possible this Autumn to show my sincere appreciation for the hard work the small army of volunteers put in assisting our local community every week.”

“I cannot thank the West Midlands Ambulance Service enough for allowing me to shadow them in the call centre and on shift. The work they do day in, day out to help people who have emergency health problems is second to none.”

“I always enjoy spending a day with the extremely dedicated volunteers at Russells Hall, who work hard all year round to ensure the hospital runs efficiently and patients are kept safe.

“Spending time with the hospital’s volunteers again this year highlighted their importance to the way Russells Hall functions and I’d like to personally thank them for their kindness, good humour and dedication.”