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Trust commemorates D-Day

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) commemorated D-Day with a special flag raising event at the Trust’s Wigan Infirmary site.

As part of the event, held at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, veterans, reservists and members of the British Legion paraded and spoke to members of the public about their experiences. It was also an opportunity to highlight WWL’s involvement in The Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance (VCHA) and its commendation as a Veteran Aware Hospital.

After the Trust’s chaplaincy choir performed, a commemorative cake and buffet was open to guests, provided by Wigan Council’s Strategic Manager for the Armed Forces, John Harker MBE.

WWL’s Armed Forces Champion, Lesley Holding, who organised the event said; “I’m so happy to see the project launched and for it to have been a huge success.

“The support we’ve received from the local forces community has been brilliant and staff at WWL have been really keen to help out in any way they can.”

Lesley, who works as a Cancer Management PA and Peer Review Co-ordinator at the Trust, has always had a strong connection to the armed forces.

Both of her grandfathers served in the armed forces, with one in the army and the other in the RAF, and her son is currently training to be an army officer at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Her role as Armed Forces Champion has seen Lesley make links with the Wigan Borough Armed Forces headquarters and the British Legion to ensure the Trust is providing the right support to patients who are veterans.

Chairman Robert Armstrong, who spoke at the event, said; “We are proud to be part of the Veterans Covenant Hospital Alliance and are proud to have been accredited as a ‘Veteran Aware Trust’.

“Our aim is to be an exemplar of the best NHS care for the members of our local community who serve, or have served in the UK armed forces, along with their families.

“Today is the official beginning of our Veteran Awareness and we look forward to forging closer links with our Armed Forces community.”
 

 

You can listen to some of the action from the day in a special piece from Wrightington Hospital Radio's Veronika on our SoundCloud account.