A health and wellbeing charity is calling for more volunteers to join its team to help bring coffee, comfort and cheer to the wards of Royal Alexandra Hospital.

The Royal Voluntary Service needs more people to get behind the wheels of its iconic hospital trolley, which is a vital service for patients who can't make it to the hospital shop or who may not be visited by anyone else that day.

Volunteers deliver newspapers, snacks, essentials and much-needed pick-me-ups to patients on wards, stopping for a chat and a chuckle with those who might need a moment of companionship.

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Having more volunteers means that the welcome rumble of trolley wheels can be heard in more hallways, more regularly, helping more people through long hospital days.

Volunteers are also needed in the hospital's Royal Voluntary Service café, to join the friendly team offering refreshments to patients, visitors and hard-working hospital staff. 

Offering more than hot coffee and delicious snacks, volunteers are a friendly face, who are free to chat or to listen to those who might be experiencing a difficult or uncertain time. 

Chris Gray, head of retail at Royal Voluntary Service, said: "Whether you have experience or want to gain new skills in a retail environment, volunteering with our trolley or café in these rewarding roles is a great opportunity to learn, to meet new people and to help bring a smile to people's faces.

"We have seen first-hand how difficult a stay in hospital can be for some people, there are heartbreaking numbers of patients who don't have any visitors at all. 

"The presence of volunteers truly helps bring cheer to the wards. By joining our team, you'll be supporting us to be there for more patients, visitors and staff, more often."

To find out more or apply, visit royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering/