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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Volunteers’ Week Spotlight – Brendan Meehan

Volunteers’ Week is celebrated nationwide and WUTH is proud to shine a spotlight on one of its most dedicated volunteers, Brendan Meehan – pictured with former Boxing WBC cruiserweight champion and WUTH Charity supporter, Tony Bellew.

Brendan's journey as a volunteer began at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020. Recognising the crucial need for support within the NHS, Brendan wasted no time in offering his assistance. Starting at the front door of the hospital, he swiftly transitioned to the staff wellbeing department. In August 2022, Brendan found his niche within the WUTH Charity team, where he has been an invaluable team member ever since.

Reflecting on his volunteering experience, Brendan said: "I started at the beginning of COVID. It was obvious the NHS needed as much help as it could get so I filled out my form to become a volunteer."

His dedication to fundraising has been remarkable, with notable achievements such as completing the Virtual London Marathon three times and utilising his passion for books to raise funds for the charity. Brendan's book stall, a beloved fixture at Arrowe Park Hospital, has not only raised thousands of pounds for the charity but has also become a place where staff, patients and visitors can pop along for a chat. 

Brendan's journey from a 33-year career in teaching, where he taught Spanish and French, to his current role as a cherished volunteer with WUTH Charity, is truly inspirational.

He added: "I do see a lot of students I taught during my career working in the Trust and that fills me with immense pride."

His love for reading, nurtured since his days frequenting the local library, has come full circle as he now delights in sharing his passion through the book stall. Beyond his volunteer work, Brendan's diverse interests include fly fishing, hill walking, singing in two choirs, and watching sports.

Brendan stands as a shining example of the profound impact individuals can make through generosity and kindness.

On behalf of everyone at WUTH, a big thank you to Brendan and all our volunteers for their dedication and selflessness. Your commitment to our community is truly appreciated and makes a world of difference.