Updated: Feb 4
On Tuesday 25th January, Bath Racecourse Vaccination Centre celebrated its first anniversary by recognising BANES 3rd Sector Group’s (3SG) volunteers and all clinical, administrative and marshal staff and other volunteers who have supported the vaccine programme. Since opening in January 2021 the vaccination centre has delivered over 235,000 vaccinations including 51,000 booster jabs, making Bath Racecourse the best performing vaccination centre in the South West.
All five hundred 3SG volunteers who are actively supporting the vaccine programme will receive a certificate of recognition to say thank you for their time volunteering at the Bath Racecourse Vaccination Centre over the last year. The celebration event was a lunchtime gathering with refreshments and gifts of flowers to volunteers and staff were presented by Alison Ryan, Chair of RUH, Bath and Michelle Follett-Holt, Staff Engagement Lead & Support Staff Coordinator, Bath Racecourse Large Vaccination Centre, RUH Bath. The event was attended by Bath Racecourse staff, charity leaders, clinical, administrative and security staff and the Chief Executive of the RUH, Cara Charles-Barks.
3SG Volunteer Susanne Haselgrove was presented with flowers at the event for volunteering over 100 shifts and two other 3SG volunteers, Sean Harrington and Colin Blackman have since received gifts for doing over 90 shifts each. Flowers were also presented to the top performing clinical, administrative and security staff to recognise their efforts over the past year. Several 3SG volunteers attended the first anniversary celebration at Bath Racecourse Vaccination Centre including Susanne Haselgrove, Tim and Ruth Whitemore, Kerriane Gauld, Sarah Pinder, Hazel Cresswell, David Roberts and Sarah Page. Both Ruth and Tim Whitemore worked as volunteers on the Centre’s first shift on 25 January 2021.
In the first lockdown 3SG’s team rapidly mobilized over 2,000 Emergency Response Volunteers to help BANES residents affected by the government’s COVID-19 measures. Since COVID-19 lockdown restrictions eased many Emergency Response volunteers have continued to work as marshals supporting the vaccination programme at Bath Racecourse Vaccination Centre.
James Carlin BEM, Director at BANES 3rd Sector Group (3SG) commented: “Our thanks to all the 3SG volunteers who attended the first anniversary celebration at Bath Racecourse and to those who received gifts following the event. We are delighted that almost five hundred active 3SG volunteers will receive certificates of recognition for their hard work supporting the vaccination programme at Bath Racecourse over the last year. We’d like to thank all volunteers past and present who have offered their time and support, you have played an important role in making the Bath Racecourse Vaccination Centre the best performing vaccination centre in the South West.”
Susanne Haselgrove a 3SG volunteer from Fairfield Park in Bath, commented: “It was a lovely surprise to receive a gift of flowers at the first anniversary celebration. I am honoured to have worked with the most amazing staff and volunteers at the Bath Racecourse Vaccination Centre as well as with the 3SG team. I greatly enjoyed all of my 100 shifts over the last year. Volunteers are often the first point of contact for people attending the vaccination centre so it has been a pleasure to offer a warm welcome, a bit of reassurance and to explain what to expect during the vaccine process. I’m pleased I’ve been able to make a small contribution to such an important vaccine programme.”
Susanne was also interviewed by BBC Radio Somerset, which you can listen to below.
Michelle Follett-Holt, Staff Engagement Lead & Support Staff Coordinator, Bath Racecourse Large Vaccination Centre, RUH, Bath NHS Foundation Trust said: “A huge thank you to all those in the community who have helped support the vaccination centre whether as staff or volunteers. We are thrilled that your hard work has been recognised and that the vaccination centre has been named the best performing centre in the South West. The vaccination centre remains open for all those eligible for a vaccination, offering walk in appointments or you can book in advance via the national booking system.”
To read the full RUH press release click here