40-year hospital volunteer is given award

HONOUR Pam Snelling
HONOUR Pam Snelling
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FOR 40 years she has given up her time to help make hospital patients feel better.

Now Pam Snelling has been recognised for her efforts at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

Mrs Snelling, who is the longest-serving volunteer at the hospital, has been giving free haircuts to patients for four decades, helping put a smile on their faces.

‘I love doing it,’ said Mrs Snelling, 70, from Chichester.

‘I felt it would be a nice thing to do to bring pleasure to other people.

‘For ladies, it’s so important for their morale to look good and it helps them to feel better.

‘I don’t take any money for it, but if people insist on giving me something I donate it to the local hospice.’

She added: ‘I’m not planning on stopping yet – I’d miss it so much.’

Mrs Snelling, joined by her husband Barrie, was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a cake by hospital staff.

Cathy Stone, director of nursing at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘It is a wonderful achievement.’