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I feel honoured to work with so many wonderful nurses and care support workers at Chestnut Tree House. This group of caring individuals go above and beyond for the children and families they care for, and I could not be prouder to call them my colleagues.
Before we were all confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
The Chestnut Tree House team do an incredible job every day of every year, but during the current crisis, I feel it is particularly important to thank them for the work they are doing during an unprecedented situation. Many of their jobs have changed considerably over the last few weeks, but they have risen to the challenge, and continue to put the people who need them at the heart of everything they do.
I am thankful for our care team every day, and I know our families are too, but it feels particularly poignant to thank them all this week – the week that marks 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Born on 12 May 1820, Florence Nightingale is undoubtedly the world’s most famous nurse and her influence continues to inspire, even in her bicentennial year – a year when we are facing potentially the greatest worldwide health crisis of our time.
Every Thursday at 8pm, households across the country are clapping for carers and keyworkers. Please join me this Thursday in clapping to thank the incredible care team at Chestnut Tree House. Their skills, commitment and care make such a difference to so many lives – during the Year of the Nurse and beyond.