Factfile:

  • Name: Russell Kennedy
  • Job: Volunteer at Bowmere Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP)
  • Born: Eastham
  • Lives: Eastham
  • Education: Raeburn Primary School, a school in Warrington and Claremont in Moreton
  • Family: I live with my sister ClaireI’ve been helping out at CWP for about eight years now, and know lots of people. Everyone always stops me for a chat when I come in and I get the chance to help out with lots of different teams.

On a typical day when I come to Chester, I’ll get up about 8.30am and have my breakfast of a marmalade sandwich. I get the train from Eastham to Bache and walk a short way to the hospital. Sometimes I’ll stop off and get some lunch from Morrison’s – I don’t have a particular favourite sandwich so I just see what’s in the fridge that day!

When I am at the hospital, I see lots of people every day, including pharmacy staff, doctors and nurses who come in and out of the hospital. Everyone is always really friendly.

In the management office where I have my seat I work with Sue, Graham and Dave and cover for Mel when she’s not in or on her holidays.

Day in the Life: Volunteer at Bowmere Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust (CWP) Russell Kennedy. With the gang Sue Brown governance lead for CWP West, Julie Williams clinical service manager for urgent care, Joy Fenna modern matron, Carys Jones modern matron,
Russell with the gang Sue Brown governance lead for CWP West, Julie Williams clinical service manager for urgent care and modern matrons Joy Fenna and Carys Jones

I do a lot of typing for Sue and the team and I help with filing, photocopying and welcoming visitors to the management office. I help to prepare the meeting rooms, making sure there is water on the table and that the room is tidy and ready for each meeting.

I make sure that visitors to the management suite sign the book as they arrive and when they leave. I also help Sue and Mel with shredding and sorting filing cabinets and cupboards so that they are kept tidy at all times.

Sue says “Russell has been working with me and the team up in the management suite for over six months now and has settled into his role with ease. He always comes smartly dressed to work and always acts in a professional manner. He gets on well with visitors to the management suite and enjoys the variety of work we are able to get him involved in.

Day in the Life: Volunteer at Bowmere Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust (CWP) Russell Kennedy. with Sue Brown, cash office supervisor Janis Worrall and Siobhan Vincent admin support worker
Russell with Sue Brown, cash office supervisor Janis Worrall and Siobhan Vincent admin support worker

"As a team we enjoy having Russell working with us and appreciate the contribution he makes. The team were pleased to congratulate Russell on receiving Going the Extra Mile Award at the recent Annual Members’ Meeting which took place recently and feel he thoroughly deserved it!”

After a long day at the office, speaking to different people, filing, typing and doing whatever else comes up, I’ll get the train back to Eastham and have a sandwich for my tea.

I also work in a restaurant in Heswall on a Saturday, as well as a restaurant in Mendell Court in Bromborough on a Sunday.

Day in the Life: Volunteer at Bowmere Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust (CWP) Russell Kennedy with friends at the hospital cafe
Russell chats with friends at the hospital cafe

What do you wear to do your job?: I have a uniform when I come into the hospital, which is a white shirt with the bright CWP pebble on it. All the team have these uniforms now and it makes it easy to see who is who. I wear my badge too so people know my name and what my job is.

What is the favourite part of your job? I like everything about my job, especially helping out on reception and buzzing people in so they can sign in. Everyone in the team is really friendly and I know lots of people who work for CWP.

What is the least favourite part of your job? There isn’t anything I don’t like!

Day in the Life: Volunteer at Bowmere Hospital, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust (CWP) with Sue Brown and Lorraine van Sluis, voluntary services lead
Russell with Sue Brown and Lorraine van Sluis, voluntary services lead

What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now? I love just pottering around at home so would do that if I wasn’t helping out at the hospital.

How do you relax when you are not working? When I am not at the hospital helping out I like to visit friends. I get the bus to meet them.

What is your favourite film? I’ll watch anything that is on the telly!

What is your favourite book? I like reading anything – I don’t have a particular favourite.

What is your favourite song? Abba are my favourite band so anything by them I would say are my favourites.

If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? That’s a tough question! (Editor’s choice Jim Carter of Downton Abbey fame).

Jim Carter, who plays Mr Carson the butler in hit ITV drama series Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, who plays Mr Carson the butler in hit ITV drama series Downton Abbey

Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? No but my photo has been on the CWP website quite a lot. I go to a lot of their events such as their Annual Members’ Meeting which was recently, and the photographer always gets lots of photos of me!

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