Caring young Cumbernauld volunteer at Kilsyth hospital has raised grand sum

Nurses turned the tables on the clap for carers philosophy by applauding a young man from Cumbernauld who volunteered at a Kilsyth hospital and raised £1000 for them.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 10:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 10:28 am

Generous Humzah Razzaq (18), helped out every Saturday morning at Kilsyth Victoria Cottage Hospital until the pandemic began in March 2020.

The Carrickstone lad balanced his duties with his studies in sixth year at St Aloysius College in Glasgow where he is head boy, but he wanted to find other ways to assist the patients he had given his time to.

The cash - raised via a Go Fund Me Page - has been used during lockdown to buy items like garden furniture so patients can enjoy the sunshine.

Humzah, who attended St Andrew’s Primary School, said: “I really enjoyed talking with the patients and learning about their life stories, it gave me a real change in perspective. It will be good to get back once the restrictions have eased.

“I hope to study medicine and volunteering at the hospital has given me some great experience.

"I’ve learned a lot about how a hospital functions and how to take care of patients from the staff and I will always be very grateful to them.”

Marie McGinty, senior charge nurse, said: “Humzah is a very caring, compassionate young man who demonstrates a maturity beyond his years. I am overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness in taking time out from his busy study schedule to raise this money for our patients. On behalf of everyone here, I would like to thank Humzah for his generous donation.”

Jackie Caskey, a staff nurse at the hospital for more than 30 years, said: “Humzah was great with the patients. He used to play dominoes, listen to their stories and help out at mealtimes. We look forward to the day when we can welcome him back as we are all missing him.”

Parents, Mehmood and Saqib Razzaq, said: “Humzah enjoyed volunteering. With many patients being elderly and having dementia, he learned valuable skills on how to interact and communicate effectively with such patients and he formed friendships with many of them.

"As parents we are grateful to the hospital for giving Humzah this opportunity and we are very proud of him.”