NHS Ayrshire and Arran has praised those who support its hospital services throughout the year during Volunteers' Week.

The health board is recognising the positive contribution that volunteers make across the organisation, bringing a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience and who all make such a difference to patients, their families and staff.

Volunteers' Week, which ran from June 3-9, gives organisations the chance to thank those who give up their time.

Jennifer Wilson, the health board's executive nurse director, said: “On behalf of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the volunteers who selflessly give their time, skills, and energy to support our healthcare system.

“The unwavering dedication and commitment that our volunteers demonstrate to helping others makes a significant impact on the lives of countless patients and their families.

“Their contributions do not go unnoticed, and we are truly grateful for all of their generosity and kindness. Their willingness to step up and lend a helping hand reinforces the spirit of community and compassion that defines our NHS.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to express an interest in volunteering, email volunteering@aapct.scot.nhs.uk or visit www.nhsaaa.net/services-a-to-z/volunteering.