On Friday, Catherine Bearder MEP visited Winchester to highlight that 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering and visit Winchester Hospital Radio, an organisation that depend on volunteers.
Catherine and local campaigner Martin Tod met with staff to discuss the different aspects of the work they do. One volunteer they met spent her time visiting and speaking to patients and taking requests to be played on the shows.
As well as learning about the volunteers and the work they do, Catherine was also interviewed for the station and spoke about her work in the European Parliament, the protection of biodiversity and the Euro-crisis amongst other things.
After the visit Catherine commented:
"As 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering I want to encourage as many people as possible to volunteer their time to help others.
"The EYV is a great chance for countries to work together to share best practice and for us in Britain to spread the long-standing tradition of volunteering we have to countries that don't have that background.
"The health service is a brilliant example of an organisation that really relies on volunteers. This, of course, includes hospital radio. Hospital radio stations like the one I visited in Winchester play a genuine role in patient's recovery.
"Everything they do is patient focussed and the volunteers they have, ranging from teenagers to octogenarians, are a fantastic example of what great work can be done to help their local community."