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Volunteer Recognition Day – A Huge Thank You!

Staff at The Norfolk & Norwich Hospital children's ward with their delivery from NHS Superheroes
20 April 2020 | Updated 24 April 2020

Volunteer Recognition Day is celebrated each year on 20 April. It honours all volunteers who are working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain. 

This year, the ThisWeekinFM team would like to thank everyone who’s donated their time and services to our #FMResourceBank and the thousands of volunteers that are supporting key services at this challenging time. It’s fantastic to see so many people in the sector volunteering to help both the NHS and vulnerable people in their communities – and we’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate you all.


NHS Superheroes Campaign



Former Estate Agent, Danny Moloney has thrown himself into fundraising for local hospital workers through his NHS Superheroes campaign – over the past month, he’s supplied hundreds of much-needed supplies to five different hospitals across Norfolk and Suffolk. 

“I’ve chucked myself into this campaign working 16-hour days. I was up at 5am to get the supplies and going online. With fundraising, I have raised £650,000 over the past 10 years, this is very important to me and the people we can help.”

– Danny Moloney

Community Fundraiser, NHS Superheroes


Great job, Danny! 


Phenomenal Volunteer Response


Following a drive by the Government, a phenomenal 750,000 people signed up to become NHS Volunteer Responders. Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS Director of Primary Care, said:

“Coronavirus is the biggest challenge we have ever faced, which is why we’re rallying the troops and telling the public: your NHS needs you.

“Across the country people are playing their part in the fight against the virus by staying home for the next 12 weeks, to protect themselves, others and the NHS.

“But many of those shielding will need our support to do that, and by signing up to be an NHS Volunteer Responder, people who are well can do their bit too.

“This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments where a single action from one person can be the difference between life and death for another, and simple acts of kindness are going to make all the difference in keeping some of the most vulnerable people well and out of hospital.

– Dr Nikki Kanani

GP and NHS Director of Primary Care

The response was so great that they’ve now paused the volunteer sign ups but you can keep an eye on their progress via the GoodSAM Twitter feed.


How You Can Help...


Volunteering can be a rewarding experience for many and is known to boost mental wellbeing. There are still lots of fantastic ways you can sign up to volunteer in your area – here are a few suggestions.


London: Find advice on volunteering from The Mayor of London here.

Team London Volunteering

Manchester: Sign up to local initiatives via Manchester Community Central here

Manchester Community Central

Birmingham: Check out BVSC for Covid-19 Volunteering and Mutual Support Groups here 


Bristol: The Community Resources Team share volunteering opportunities via Can Do Bristol here 

Can Do Bristol Volunteering


We’d love to hear how you’re volunteering in your community – please send your stories to


Image: Staff at The Norfolk & Norwich Hospital children's ward with their delivery from NHS Superheroes

Article written by Daisy Miceli | Published 20 April 2020


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