Staff were full of festive spirit as the MEHT charity’s cracking Christmas event rocked the Wellbeing Terrace.
With hospital radio blasting out Christmas classics and the Rapid Relief Team providing burgers and drinks for all hospital employees, the event was hugely popular as staff queued round the block for their complimentary lunch.
The undoubted highlight was a performance from St Michael’s Junior School Choir who treated a crowd of hundreds to a selection box of pitch-perfect Christmas carols.
Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator for Mid Essex Hospitals’ charity and the brains behind the event, was delighted: “Wow, what an amazing day. Everyone’s community spirit really shone through. The fantastic Rapid Relief Team were a well-oiled machine providing thousands of meals across the hospital, and it was so wonderful to have two local schools involved in the event, with the children so excited to support their local hospital.
‘’A big thank you to Chelmer Valley High School pupils and staff for baking lots of yummy cakes and to St Michaels Junior School for their wonderful singing. The event was a great way to boost morale across the hospital at what is a particularly busy time for our hard-working staff.
“The event couldn’t have gone ahead without the teamwork across the hospital, from health and safety, to parking attendants, volunteer managers, and hospital radio staff. Everyone played a part in making the day a great success.”
The Rapid Relief Team’s Paddy Myatt, who led the 62 volunteers serving the hungry hospital workers, was equally thrilled: ‘It’s our way of saying a massive thank you to hospital staff for all the work that everyone has done here in 2018. We’re really proud to have supplied all the NHS staff burgers today. We provided somewhere in the region of two thousand burgers and five hundred vegetarian and vegan meals. I’m certainly hoping there’ll be an event next year, hopefully in the middle of the year when it’s a bit warmer!’