Let’s give Jabs Army another big boost and volunteer at infirmaries, says West End legend Elaine Paige

THE Sun’s brilliant Jabs Army volunteers are needed again. . . and this time we want you to hop on your trolleys.

Hospitals across the country are desperate for people to wheel refreshments through the wards.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Elaine Paige launch the Big Trolley Push campaign

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The Duchess of Cornwall and Elaine Paige launch the Big Trolley Push campaignCredit: The Sun
RVS trolley volunteers Jill Hickman, 75, and John Stephens, 72, on duty at Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley, Surrey

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RVS trolley volunteers Jill Hickman, 75, and John Stephens, 72, on duty at Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley, SurreyCredit: Arthur Edwards / The Sun

When Covid struck, the Royal Voluntary Service was forced to ax the service selling newspapers, magazines and toiletries to hospital patients.

Now that the pandemic is over, there is an urgent need for more than 600 volunteers across the UK.

West End legend Elaine Paige supports the Big Trolley push for more volunteers on wards.

Elaine was photographed driving a trolley through the wards of Leicester General Hospital with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the President of the RVS.

Elaine says: “Having stood behind a hospital car myself and seen how the warmhearted volunteers can lift the spirits of patients, I can only imagine how much they have been missed on the wards over the past two years.

“Now trolley services are back and I challenge people to see for themselves what a remarkable difference they can make to the well-being of someone who is likely going through a difficult time.

“Donating your time to support others is a wonderful thing.

“You don’t need any special skills and you certainly don’t need to sing to patients – like I did! Your time and compassion are enough to brighten someone’s day.”

Bighearted Jill Hickman, 75, has been pushing the trolley around Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey since 1982.

She was devastated when she was forced to give up when the first lockdown began in early 2020.

Jill says: “I was so upset that Monday night when they called and I realized we couldn’t make it. It was awful. I cried myself to sleep.”

Eight weeks ago, Jill was finally allowed to volunteer on the wards again.

She says: “It was incredible to be back here. Because I was there for so many years, it was like seeing old friends again.

“RVS volunteers have a tremendous impact on staff and patients, who enjoy having a little of the outside world come to them.”

Part-time accountant John Stephens, 71, of Yately, Hants, volunteers four hours a week with Jill.

He says: “We visit 21 stations and it’s really pleasant work. The patients look forward to a conversation.”

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