St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have officially opened a special memorial garden to remember loved ones at Whiston Hospital.
The Rainbow Garden funded by NHS Charities Together and thanks to the extraordinary efforts and generosity of Captain Sir Tom Moore will provide a place for contemplation and reflection for staff, patients, and their families.
Starting the event, Deputy Chair, Val Davies, thanked all project partners for their role in bringing the garden to life, before introducing Chief Executive, Ann Marr OBE, who thanked staff for their bravery and professionalism throughout the pandemic and started a minute’s silence to remember staff members lost to Covid-19.
She said, “Sadeq Elhowsh, Joe Fairclough and Margaret Waine will forever be in our thoughts and prayers, and from today they will be remembered here in our new Rainbow Garden. I am honoured that members of their families are here to share this moment with us today. Many of our staff have also suffered personal loss or illness themselves but have consistently put their own fears aside to comfort and care for the needs of others. This bravery should never be taken for granted. The professionalism shown throughout this crisis has been truly remarkable."
Local celebrity Craig Phillips cut the ribbon thanking staff for all the care they had given to his family including those who recently saved his son’s life. Singer Charlotte Gallagher performed beautiful renditions of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.
Richard Scarth, Director of Membership & Impact at NHS Charities Together said: “The vibrant flower beds and memorial trees within the rainbow garden are a beautiful tribute to all of those we’ve very sadly lost. It also gives us the opportunity to give thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our NHS workers, volunteers, and patients at the centre of the crisis. Thank you to everyone who has donated to NHS Charities Together, and the team at Whiston & St Helens’ Hospital Charity who have surpassed our expectations in making this happen.”