Coronavirus: King’s College Hospital volunteer says ‘it feels like a privilege to be here’

Katherine Johnston (20 April, 2020)

Lizzie Knight is a former healthcare assistant who decided to go back to frontline work during the crisis.

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A thirty-year-old from Peckham is one of thousands across the country to sign up as NHS volunteers.

Lizzie Knight is a former healthcare assistant who decided to go back to frontline work during the crisis.

She said: “With such huge pressure on NHS staff, I wanted to volunteer and do my bit to support them during this difficult time. “Anything I can do, however small, is the least that I can do to help.

“I am volunteering in the welcome and pathfinder role, welcoming people to the hospital, encouraging them to wash their hands, and giving them directions and a smile.

“I’m also helping in the wellbeing hubs and packing patient and staff care packs. As well as other volunteers, I’m working alongside NHS staff who usually work in IT, day clinics, HR – the list goes on – who are focusing their energy and enthusiasm on doing whatever is needed to help.

“I’ve been really welcomed by everyone at the hospital, and it feels like a privilege to be here.

“It’s been amazing to meet so many different people working in various areas of the NHS, who have come together to make sure patients can have the very best care.”

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