Long Standing UNISON Activist Joins Community Volunteers

After a lifetime working full time in the NHS Lynn Booth decided a bit of ‘me time’ was well overdue so in October 2019 she decided to take advantage of the flexible retirement scheme, reducing her hours to part time.

Lynn started work in the NHS in Oxfordshire in 1984 working for the Community Dental Service, she joined the union and it wasn’t long before she became an active member first as a local steward speaking up for members in her workplace then progressing through to branch secretary. More recently she joined the senior leadership team in the East Midlands Region as Deputy Regional Convenor.

When the Corona virus crisis forced the lock down Lynn knew sitting on her hands at home wasn’t going to cut the mustard so she offered up her newly acquired ‘spare time’ to volunteer, helping to distribute medicines to vulnerable patients across her community in Derbyshire. 

Lynn is now one of the many NHS workers and community volunteers on the front line helping to keep our communities together though this very difficult time. 

Lynn said “In this crisis we have seen the best in our public services. Staff have been exceptional, never flinching in their determination to care for patients and look after those in hospital, in the community and in care homes. I am so proud of all my frontline colleagues including pharmacy, porters, domestic staff and admin staff that keep are our services going.”

“Life will not go back to what it was like before the lock down”, said Lynn. “The economy has taken a big hit, people will be unsure about returning to communal areas, or leaving the safety of their homes, so the bounce back might not be immediate, but eventually with our fortitude and joint endeavour we will beat this virus.”

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