Volunteer honoured with Pride of Britain Award

21 October 2016

A volunteer from the Royal Free London has been honoured with a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award.

Eva Ratz, 89, won the special award for fundraising as she has raised an estimated £4 million for the Royal Free Charity during her 30 years of volunteering at the Royal Free Hospital.  

Eva said: “All I can say is thank you. I have been volunteering here for over 30 years. I’ll take a photograph of the award and send it to my family. I was given a certificate after 20 years, but now the real prize is being on ITV!” 

Chris Burghes, chief executive of the Royal Free Charity, said: “I have met many fundraisers and volunteers, but no one has inspired me as much as Eva has. This hospital is a better place because of Eva and the money she has raised has gone towards great things. Eva deserves this award and we are so happy for her.”

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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver and kidney transplantation, haemophilia, renal care, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, Parkinson's disease, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read 'A bigger trust, a better future'.