A West Norfolk hospital volunteer known as The Wednesday Wonder has been to a star-studded London awards to honour his work.
Former Royal Artillery soldier Jim Tripp was a finalist in The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Awards in the Unsung Hero category.
Just turned 70, Jim volunteers for QEH’s Rudham Ward helping sick youngsters and their families gaining him the nickname “The Wednesday Wonder”.
He was nominated for the national award by Sharon Barrett, 46, ward clerk and Sophie Carter, 27, play specialist who also attended the dazzling ceremony in London which was broadcast on Channel 4.
Sophie said: “Nothing is too much for Jim. Not only is he chief entertainer and toy-fixer, but he takes away the anxiety of children on the ward, supports family members and helps staff wherever he can.”
Despite not being crowned the winner on the night, Jim said: “I am so honoured to have been nominated for this award and I had the most wonderful time. I am so grateful to Sharon and Sophie for nominating me, but for me though, the biggest award is seeing the friendly faces from the youngsters on the ward.”
The ceremony, which is hosted annually, celebrates the nation’s healthcare workers and volunteers who have gone above and beyond.