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Christmas lights switch-on at Southend Hospital

07 December 2015


There was musical accompaniment to the switching on of the Christmas tree lights at Southend Hospital , thanks to the talented children of Saint Pierre School choir from Leigh-on-Sea.

A large crowd of staff, governors and children from the nursery gathered to see musical entertainment, eat mince pies and drink some warming non-alcoholic punch, supplied by Medirest, prior to the switching on of the Christmas tree lights opposite the main A&E entrance.

The switch on, which heralded the start of Christmas activities across the hospital, was performed by head of resilience, Paul Hepworth, who took on the pivotal role after winning employee of the year at this year's Hospital Heroes Awards for his emergency planning skills.

Paul said: "Thankfully the lights went on without a hitch, although being an emergency planner I did of course have a spare set in my car. But seriously, it's great to have been asked to turn the lights on as employee of the year and I hope that it brings staff, patients and visitors some joy as they pass through the hospital. There's certainly been a great festive spirit from everyone here today and I'm pleased to have played my own small part in it."

Saying a few words prior to the lighting of the tree, which was supplied thanks to Southend Hospital Charity, was chief nurse, Yvonne Blücher.  She said: "I'd like to thank all the volunteers and staff who are here in attendance. I'd also like to thank the children of Saint Pierre School choir for providing the musical accompaniment.  I'm now into my tenth week at the trust and this is a nice way to continue to be welcomed to the organisation. I'd like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and happy new year."

PHOTO: Yvonne Blücher and Paul Hepworth with the children of Saint Pierre School choir