THERE was a fond farewell to one of Harrogate Hospital’s longest-serving employees last month when friends and colleagues gathered to say goodbye to Mavis Clemmitt as she looks forward to a well-deserved retirement.
The voluntary aervices co-ordinator for over 23 years, Mavis, who lives in Knaresborough, was sorry to be leaving her role at the hospital but enjoyed the special celebrations with her fellow workers, volunteers, friends and colleagues before she left.
Mavis first began working for the hospital in 1976 at the former Scotton Banks Hospital as a remedial aide in the occupational therapy department.
She later became a technical instructor, organising activities for the patients
“I undertook the role of voluntary sevices co-ordinator in October 1987 initially at the Royal Bath Hospital then going on to introduce volunteers at the General Hospital, the District Hospital as well as an Outreach Clinic at Wetherby and also at Ripon,” explained Mavis.
“Volunteers were introduced onto the wards, to the Outpatient clinics and other departments as well as helping with fundraising.
“I shall certainly miss the comradeship of my work colleagues but also the loyalty and support of all the volunteers who have worked so diligently for me over many years.
“Nothing was ever too much trouble for them. They certainly are one of the best teams of volunteers I could have wished to have.
“I shall keep in touch by remaining on the Executive Committee of the Hospital Friends.
“I was truly overwhelmed by the beautiful cards, letters, flowers and gifts so generously given to me by my colleagues and volunteers.”
Sandra Dodson, chairman of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust said: “Mavis Clemmitt has dedicated over 23 years to her role as voluntary services co-ordinator. It is a testament to her hard work and commitment that we have so many volunteers in the Trust and their role has such a valuable impact on the patient experience.
“On behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank Mavis and wish her every happiness in her retirement.”
It was a busy month for Mavis who as well as celebrating her 70th birthday with an exciting weekend sightseeing in London where she enjoyed seeing Buckingham Palace, having a meal at Claridges and visiting Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
She also went with Knaresborough Town Twinning Group to Bebra, Knaresborough’s twin town in Germany for a short, autumnal visit.
Mavis has been involved with town twinning since 1980.
She first joined as a host family accommodating visiting German families, then became secretary before taking over the chairperson’s role from Geoff Waite in 1994, a position she still retains today.
Mavis was also a town councillor on Knaresborough Town Council for four years and Mayor of Knaresborough in 2009/10.