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Hospital Heroes winners switch on Christmas tree lights

13 December 2018

They say that at Christmas it is better to give than receive, so Goods Receiving – the hospital’s internal distribution team – gave the gift of light as they switched on Southend University Hospital’s Christmas tree lights opposite the Emergency Department on Friday 7 December.

The Goods Receiving team were presented the coveted Employee of the Year award at this year's Southend Hospital Heroes awards, and it is often said by colleagues that without them, the hospital would not have a Christmas.

They pressed the plunger surrounded by a crowd of staff, governors, the sweet smell of non-alcoholic Christmas punch and the tuneful sounds of a choir from Darlinghurst Academy in Leigh on Sea and festive tunes from the Westcliff High School for Boys brass band.

The switch on is part of a stuffed calendar of Christmas activities across the hospital which will see visits including Southend United Football Club to Neptune Children's Ward, the return of Applause the miniature horse and Pets As Therapy (PAT) Dogs delivering joy to wards. And wards and non-clinical areas will also be putting up decorations and trees for patients to enjoy.

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One of those helping to switch on the lights was manager of the team, Stuart Ede. He said: "Goods Receiving play a major part behind the scenes in helping to celebrate Christmas at the hospital, with the distribution of trees and chocolates to wards and other areas, so it's great to be able to turn on the Christmas tree lights this year."

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Saying a few words prior to the lighting of the tree, which was supplied thanks to ryanandwalsh structural renovation & refurbishment, who are currently working at the Trust, was Southend Hospital's Medical Director, Neil Rothnie.  He said: "I'd like to thank all the volunteers and staff who are here in attendance and Westcliff High School for Boys and Darlinghurst Academy for adding a real festive spirit to proceedings. I also want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

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