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Remembrance on Armistice Day

11 November 2016

Volunteering

Southend Hospital volunteer Leslie Thorington, 83, from Leigh-on-Sea helped remember the fallen as part of Armistice Day.

A veteran from the Korean War, Les has volunteered at the hospital  in orthopaedics for the last three years and led a two minutes' silence for around 50 members of staff and patients in that area from the chimes of Big Ben at 11am.

He'd already spent the morning selling poppies at Leigh-on-Sea train station, where he worked part-time until he was 79.

Standing proud in his beret and with his numerous medals on display, Les said: "For many the Korean War is the forgotten war. The fallen in all conflicts have got to be remembered, not just the World Wars."

A young boy in the department, who was with his mum, was asking Leslie about his medals as soon as he came in, helping ensure that future generations will also never forget those that died in conflicts old and new.

And meeting and talking to patients is one of the reasons Les enjoys his volunteering. He said: "It's nice for people to see a friendly face, whether it be for patients who are in the department for the first time or a regular and hopefully I can help take a bit of pressure off staff."