A man who has looked after the interests of Unison staff and been a familiar face around the corridors of West Suffolk Hospital for 31 years has officially retired.
But Graham Kendall will still be a regular at the hospital as he will continue to work there after retirement.
Graham, 65, of Fallowfield Walk, Bury St Edmunds has been a porter and trust convenor at the Trust for many years. He has been involved with Unison for 25 years starting when it came under the umbrella of West Suffolk Health Authority.
He began his career when the Suffolk area branch had 800 members and today memnbership stands at 1,400.
He said: “Being the Unison rep brought a lot of confidence with it through talking to people and trying to solve some of their problems and support them in some way.
“You try to negotiate what’s best for the members, and while negotiations don’t always get what people are seeking you aim to get what makes for the best outcome.”
Graham has enjoyed working as a porter as the job gets him all over the hospital and that works well with his union role.
He will be remaining in the role but says his spare time will enable him to see more of his five grandchildren and enjoy his hobbies of football and horse racing.
Staff celebrated with a party for him at the hospital and a collection among colleagues purchased a laptop for him.