A newly-struck medal and certificate, the first to recognise over 50 years of ‘valued service’ to Attend (formerly the National Association of League of Hospital Friends) has been awarded to a local health and social care volunteer.
Peter Green, of Fairfield Drive, Mansfield, who first became involved with the Leagues of Friends in 1954, received the award at the Attend annual meeting in London.
It was presented by the new chairman Richard Harries; the new vice-president (England) and retiring chairman Miss Pam Morton and Lord Fraser (president).
Peter said: “I little thought over 50 years ago that volunteering with the League of Hospital Friends would result in a medal. However this, and my other volunteering interests, have been a reward in itself.
“The Mansfield area is rich in dedicated volunteers with so many deserving a medal. I therefore count it a privilege and honour.”
A former Chad journalist, Peter’s first links with the organisation was through the Mansfield and Sutton League of Friends when he became the PRO and media link for the seven newspapers circulating in the town.
He later became a League Committee member and Trustee and retain his links until he resigned in 2008.
He is still an Honorary Life Member and also committee member with the Friends of Ashfield Community Hospital.
Peter has served at local, county and regional levels and is a former national deputy chairman for Attend.
He chaired a major governance review in the mid 1990s and led the Golden Jubilee Year Committee in 1999.
Holder of the Order of the League of Mercy medal for health sector voluntary service, founded by Queen Victoria in 1899, Peter is also a Companion and Trustee of the Order.
A committee member of the Mansfield Diabetes Voluntary Group, he is a Patient Lay Advisor with the Nottinghamshire County Primary Care Trust and a Lay Advisor and Lay vice-chairman of the Mansfield and Ashfield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.