Jo O’Meara, member of pop band
S Club 7, made a surprise appearance at Rotherham Hospital on Friday 26
November to unveil a very special memorial bench.
The bench is in memory of UECC
Health Care Assistant, Adele Sheppard, a much-loved friend and colleague who
sadly passed away earlier this year. Adele’s colleagues wanted to create a
special space for staff to use for quiet reflection or for a moment for peace
during busy shifts. The bench overlooks a green area outside the Urgent and
Emergency Care Centre (UECC) and even has solar ‘tree’ lights so those on a
night shift will be able to make use of it too.
Operational and Performance
Manager, Angela Knowles, was instrumental in the fundraising for the bench, and
making the opening ceremony so special. She said, “Losing Adele had a big
impact on the team in UECC and we wanted to do something in her honour. We had
donations from colleagues throughout the Trust which allowed us to purchase the
bench, plaque and lights. We are so grateful to everybody who donated.
I also want to thank Jo for
taking time out of her busy schedule for us. She has been a big supporter of
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust for a while now and it has been so nice to
have her here in person.”
Angela and Health Care
Assistant, Amanda Haynes, have been in contact with Jo since April 2020, when
she very kindly dedicated her version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ to The
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and all NHS staff. Since then the trio have
developed a close bond, so they knew just who to ask when it came to unveiling
a project so close to their hearts.
Jo was equally delighted to
have been asked, saying, “It’s an honour to be here. I’m always happy to help
in any way I can. Amanda and Angela reached out to me during lockdown as staff
were working so hard and needed something to give them a boost. I was delighted
to sing for them, and we’ve stayed friends ever since.”
Adele’s bench is now available
for colleagues, patients and visitors to use.