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Young volunteer takes home top honour at Royal Free London OSCARS awards

Royal Free Charity young volunteer Malavika Bangera was awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the Royal Free London Oscars awards on Wednesday 20th of June.  

Malavika has been volunteering with the charity for 2 years and received the top volunteering honour for her work using music to make a significant impact on the hospital experience for patients and visitors. She has played for many patients with dementia learning songs from patient’s childhoods that encourages them to sit up, clap, sing along and suggest new songs.

She has secured a place to study Medicine at Kings College London from September, and is a true ambassador for the NHS and youth social action.

Royal Free Charity CEO Chris Burghes said: “Young people are such an important part of our volunteering programme and it is fantastic to see a wonderful young lady recognised for her hard work and commitment.”

Barnet Hospital Charity volunteer Sue Young was awarded runner up for her tireless work with patients at Barnet Hospital. Sue has been volunteering at the hospital for 19 years supporting patients on a weekly basis in the cardiology ward, fundraising in the community and plays an important role in the running of the monthly Lindsey Café for elderly and dementia patients.

Nearly 300 members of staff, including nurses, cleaners, doctors, midwives, porters, and clinical support staff, volunteers and charity staff, attended the Oscars ceremony. 

Throughout the evening more than 30 awards were handed out to staff who had made a significant contribution to patient care and the life of the Royal Free London in 2017.

Barnet Hospital Charity Community Fundraiser Carla Bispham was awarded a high commendation for her outstanding contribution to the Royal Free Charity. Carla works tirelessly at Barnet Hospital and in the community going above and beyond to improve every patients experience through fundraising for specific pieces of equipment or to improve different areas in the hospital, organising events and taking the time to listen to the needs of patients and staff. 

See all the winners here!


Malavika Bangera

Voted Volunteer of the year at Barnet Hospital!


Sue and Carla

Conratulations to Sue, runner up for Barnet Hospital Volunteer of the year and to Carla, Barnet Community Fundraiser for Highly Commended"

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