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Today we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our armed forces community.
We have marked Armistice Day with a service in our Snowdrop Memorial Garden, led by our Lead Chaplain, Jane Harris.
Thank you to Gill Garnett for reading ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae, before wreaths were laid in honour of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Wards and departments throughout the hospital also made lots of effort for our remembrance themed tea parties. We regularly hold tea parties to promote the importance of good nutrition and hydration, as well as the benefits of social dining.
There were refreshments and snacks for all patients, with colleagues taking the time to dress up in wartime uniforms and donating lots of baked treats. Throughout the hospital there are displays to honour veterans, whether they are staff, patients, family members or our four-legged friends.
Deputy Chief Nurse, Cindy Storer, had the unenviable task of choosing a winner, saying: “It's been really difficult to choose but A3 are our winner. This ward have been joining in with the inpatient tea parties all year and we've seen fantastic, innovative, fun ideas then and now.
This time, they've got in the spirit by dressing up in 1940s headscarves and matching red lipsticks and served a cake round to patients so that every patient felt involved.
As well as their efforts today, the ward have been selling crocheted poppies all week, with half the proceeds going to the British Legion and half going to our own Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.
This extra special effort tipped them into being our winners today.”
A special mention must go to the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre who fully embraced the tea party theme, with special uniforms and music to accompany the refreshment trolley.
A remembrance service will be held in the hospital chapel on C Level at 10.55am on Sunday 12 November.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.