Honouring the service and sacrifice of NELFT colleagues sadly lost to COVID-19
This Saturday marks the third anniversary of when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic - an important time to reflect on the contribution of the NHS and remember our much-loved colleagues, who are tragically no longer with us.
Last year, we unveiled a commemorative artwork at the CEME Centre, in memory of seven members of staff who sadly died from COVID-19, whilst working in the response to the pandemic.
The artwork, which is made of fine glass, was unveiled during an intimate remembrance ceremony, in which families of those who passed attended. During the ceremony, families got to hear the kind words of their loved ones’ colleagues - a sentiment that was welcomed with humble gratitude.
NELFT Memorial Event 24 Feb 2022 - YouTube
In paying our respects, we wanted to share their words with you…
'Clive was a loyal servant to NELFT in many different roles and well respected throughout the Trust. He was always concerned that the best interests of any patient were thoughtfully and carefully considered.'
'Hero is a truly missed colleague and will always be in our thoughts. We have some lovely fond memories of him - especially his smile, sense of humour and dancing – he loved to dance! He will always be in our hearts.'
'We miss your smile, laugh and positive view of the world.
We miss you checking in to see if we are ok, despite going through your own health challenges.
We remember your determination to beat cancer, and you did it, Laura! You fought the fight so courageously and we were so proud of you. And you managed to do it with your natural elegance and happy smile!
We remember you every day and we are thankful for a colleague and friend like you. '
Dr. Mamoona Rana
'We will forever remember Mamoona (Mona) for her kindness and dedication, and for the invaluable support she provided to patients and colleagues through her journey as a doctor. She always did her best for patients and inspired us to be our best too. We all felt lucky to know her and wish it could have been for longer.'
'Mark was a special person who touched the hearts of colleagues in the Trust, the universities and the students.
Mark had a lovely sense of fun and laughter and ‘lit up the room’ wherever he went. We will always remember his funky shirts and great sense of humour. He always had a way of making us laugh even in the most challenging of times.
We miss him dearly and he will be in our hearts forever.'
'Rajesh was an amazing doctor, poet and an avid cook! He always brought a smile to the team. In the relatively short space of time working with us in the Acorn Centre, he had already become a key member of the team. He was as an experienced and highly regarded paediatrician with a strong commitment to his patients and families, who also entertained colleagues by leading discussions on poetry.'
'Thomas was a joy to work with. He was selfless, caring and hardworking. He always went above and beyond to make sure patients and colleagues were supported. His patients loved him, and we loved him even more. He will be forever in our hearts, and we miss him every day.'
NHS Charities Together is also hosting a live-streamed event to honour 75 years of service and sacrifice from health and care staff on Friday 10 March 2023.
NHS staff including senior officials from a range of services, will attend the event at the National Memorial Arboretum, near Lichfield, which will include testimonials, music, and a minute’s silence at 12noon.
Watch the live-stream from 11.50am – 12.50pm on Friday 10 March via the link below. Please note, if watching the live-stream from a Trust or Health Board site, please check in advance to ensure Facebook or YouTube will be accessible.