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Reading NHS Volunteer Praised For Incredible Accomplishment 

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A local man from Reading, Berkshire, has been lauded for ‘going above and beyond’ volunteering in his community helping people to stay safe and well. 

When the call came for people to volunteer as NHS Volunteer Responders at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Atul Khetarpal, 51, stepped forward to help. 

Reading NHS Volunteer

He started as a Community Response Volunteer, delivering shopping and prescriptions to isolated and vulnerable people in his community. 

Later, when the Covid vaccination programme launched, Atul signed up as a Steward Volunteer for his local vaccination site through the NHS Volunteer Responders programme. 

After completing an incredible 100 tasks as a Steward Volunteer and a Community Response Volunteer, Atul has now been welcomed by NHS England and Royal Voluntary Service into the ‘100 Club.’ The club has been created to say a heartfelt thank you to NHS Volunteer Responders who have completed 100 or more volunteer shifts. 

As a Steward Volunteer, Atul has been helping with the smooth running of Covid vaccination sites in his community. Guiding patients through vaccination sites and identifying people who require additional support are just two of the ways he helps the NHS vaccination programme and keeps the community protected.   

Atul said he was delighted to receive a letter informing him of the ‘100 Club’ news as well as a special digital badge in recognition of his selfless efforts. 

Atul Khetarpal, NHS Volunteer Responder, said:

“It’s lovely to be celebrated for completing 100 Steward Volunteer shifts and Community Response tasks. I have particularly enjoyed doing my bit as a Steward Volunteer to help protect my community from Covid, and I have met some brilliant people along the way. I will be continuing in my role for as long as I’m needed as it’s one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.” 

NHS Volunteer Responders was launched at the start of the pandemic by NHS England and is delivered by Royal Voluntary Service and the innovative mobile app GoodSAM. Through the programme, volunteers have responded to more than 2.2 million requests for help in roles including Check in and Chat and Community Response.  

In these pandemic response roles volunteers have helped over 200,000 people to stay safe and well during the pandemic.  

More recently, Steward Volunteers have collectively completed over 300,000 shifts at vaccination sites to date, still donating their time to increasing that figure. 

Catherine Johnstone CBE, CEO of Royal Voluntary Service, said:

 “NHS Volunteer Responders Steward Volunteers like Atul are invaluable in helping the NHS deliver the biggest vaccination programme in its history. 

“Both NHS England and Royal Voluntary Service are immensely thankful and proud of volunteers like Atul who have gone above and beyond to protect their communities from coronavirus. Their hard work has no doubt saved countless lives.” 

Reading NHS Volunteer Part Of Wider Group

NHS Volunteer Responders was launched at the start of the pandemic by NHS England and is delivered by Royal Voluntary Service and the innovative mobile app GoodSAM. 

Autumn Covid Booster Programme

The NHS will be rolling out Covid booster vaccinations in the autumn and is hoping people will come forward later in the year to join the existing teams of Steward Volunteers across the country.  To learn more go to www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk