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Lord Mayor says ‘thank you’ to hospital staff as part of virtual West Norfolk VE Day celebrations  

Hospital staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust are preparing to join in Friday’s virtual West Norfolk VE Day celebrations with a live video link between the hospital and the Mayor.

A live video link at 2.50pm on Friday 8 May will see Cllr Geoff Hipperson, the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, saying ‘thank you’ to staff at the QEH for all of their hard work and dedication as staff continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

At 3pm – staff from the QEH will join the Mayor and the whole country to toast and pay respects to our heroes past and present.

Professor Steve Barnett, Chairman of the QEH, said: “We are delighted that the QEH will play such a central part in Friday’s VE Day celebrations as an organisation that is very much at the heart of the local community in West Norfolk. We are incredibly grateful that the Mayor will be taking the time to recognise the efforts of our staff and their very clear focus on delivering safe and compassionate care to our patients as we respond to the challenges of COVID-19. Thank you to our local community for their fantastic support in recent months, which has inspired our staff during this very difficult period.

“As a Trust, we are huge supporters of those who have served in the Armed Forces. We are in the process of setting up an Armed Forces Network of staff and are working to become a Veteran’s Aware Hospital. We are seeking support from our local community to do this and encourage people with forces connections to get in touch with us via armedforcesnetwork@qehkl.nhs.uk.”

Cllr Geoff Hipperson, the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn ands West Norfolk, said: “I am greatly looking forward to visiting the Queen Elizabeth hospital on Friday to be able to personally thank the staff and show the appreciation of the residents of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk for the magnificent job they are doing in these exceptional circumstances. I am also very pleased and think it most appropriate, that the hospital and the civics office have managed to arrange that when the three o clock toast to Victory in Europe is celebrated, I will be linked to the hospital, and sharing such a memorable moment with the staff there.”

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Deputy Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “I’m pleased that the Mayor can link up with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the 75th anniversary of VE Day for the Toast to the Nation. When I raise a glass at 3pm on Friday I will reflect and celebrate our heroes both then and now.”

For more information visit: www.storiesoflynn.co.uk/veday75/

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