Staff gifted a night on the ice to say ‘thank you’

NHS Staff from local hospitals across Sussex were treated to a first ice skate of the season as a thank you for going above and beyond for patient care.

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink in Brighton opened its doors early, ahead of its public opening on Saturday 29th October, especially for staff and volunteers at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS staff ice skate at the Royal Pavilion Ice RinkThe rink, which is managed by Laine Ltd, has a reputation for having the most beautiful setting in the UK at the Royal pleasure palace, and welcomed more than 400 staff members and their loved ones across two one-hour sessions.

The event, which was kindly sponsored by leading British Construction & Regeneration group, Morgan Sindall Construction, took place on the evening of Friday 28th October 2022. Guy Hannell, Area Director for Morgan Sindall Construction Southern Home Counties, said:

“Everyone, no matter who, is touched by the NHS in some way throughout their lives and Morgan Sindall Construction is so proud to be able to help enhance the facilities of University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust by designing and constructing healthcare buildings.

The NHS celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2023 and the last few years have been as challenging as any in all of that time. The opportunity to support an event such as this to recognise and thank UHSussex staff is a real privilege.”

Three staff members smiling in front of the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Dr George Findlay, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This was a really special event and a great way to thank our colleagues and volunteers for the hard work they do to put our patients first, and for the incredible effort staff have gone to over the past couple of years to support our communities through the pandemic.”

Steve Crump, Director of Charities and Voluntary Services for the Trust, said: “The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink has a magical quality about it, especially when illuminated at night. This was a real treat for our hardworking and dedicated staff who go above and beyond for patients in their care every day.

A heartfelt thank you to Laine Ltd and Morgan Sindall Construction for making this special event a reality and showing our staff they are truly appreciated.”