28 February 2014

Image of Wirral’s Sixth Form College Student Wins Wirral’s Volunteer of the Year Award with the NHS

Student, Sean Hancox, won the award for Wirral’s Volunteer of the Year last night at an event hosted by Wirral Community NHS Trust. The event hosted by Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler, was held at The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, and recognised the work of many NHS staff members from across Wirral.

AS student, Sean, has been a volunteer with the NHS at the Victoria Central Health Centre in Wallasey since 2012 working in the Physiotherapy department. Sean; who is studying Biology, Sport & Physical Education and Applied Science at The Sixth Form College; volunteers with patients experiencing problems in their lower limbs and patients suffering neurological problems such as those recovering from the effects of a stroke. 

Sean was nominated for the award by the trust Superintendent Physiotherapist, Heather Hesketh and was shortlisted to the top three along with Dave Bestwick who volunteers for Wirral’s Heart Support Service and Chloe Walkden-Smith who volunteers in the Health Visiting team. A panel of NHS trust staff and members of the public made the final decision and named the eighteen year old student from Wallasey as Wirral’s Volunteer of the Year with Wirral West MP Esther McVey presenting him with his award.

Sean, who is hoping to go on to study Physiotherapy at University, was delighted with his recognition, commenting, “I was really pleased to receive this award and would like to thank everyone at the Physiotherapy department of Victoria Central Health Centre for giving me the opportunity to work with them for so long and a special thank you to Heather Hesketh for nominating me.”

Event organiser Fiona Fleming commented, “It is so important to recognise the achievements of individuals and teams from all areas of the trust who have delivered excellence in the services they provide to both patients and to each other. Sean should be extremely proud of the work that he does within the trust and this award is acknowledgement of that.”

Kathryn Podmore, Principal at The Sixth Form College said, “We are extremely proud of Sean for his work within the NHS and would like to congratulate him for achieving this award. He is a true inspiration and I am sure he has a bright future ahead of him.”

Sean’s achievement means he will automatically be nominated for the same award in the Wirral Globe’s “Golden Globes” Awards to celebrate Wirral’s unsung heroes, which will take place in November 2014.

Comments regarding Sean Hancox made at the event: Sean worked as a volunteer for a year in the physiotherapy department at Victoria Central Health Centre. Supporting the team in the delivery of the late clinics and evening rehab classes.  Sean showed outstanding commitment even during his exams.  With a pleasant and friendly manner he was very good at building rapport with the patients and motivating them.  The whole team appreciated his involvement and he enhanced the service due to his dedication.


Wirral Volunteer of the Year: Sean Hancox

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