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Norwich School is Named Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital's Charity Champion School

06 October 2021

Norwich School is delighted to have been recognised by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for our support to NHS staff by being awarded their Charity Champion School’s Award.

The award follows a mass effort on behalf of the school’s Catering Team to prepare and deliver “Grab and Go” bags for staff in every department of the hospital to help keep energy levels and morale high at a time of increased pressure due to the pandemic.

In February this year, the Head and Catering Team devised a plan to send every member of staff at the NNUH a lunch bag of nutritious food they could eat during their shift. Catering staff and Norwich School pupils volunteered to make and deliver the lunch bags to each department, including the NNUH mortuary and post room!

Norwich School’s Catering Manager, Darren Fitzpatrick, said:

“I am incredibly proud of both the pupils and the Catering Team who have pledged their time and made this support for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital possible.”

At the time we also received some humbling feedback from staff at the NNUH:

“We received over 40 gift bags with lovely goodies in last week. What a lovely surprise it was and I can assure you the staff devoured the contents in a very short space of time! How did you know that we all love muffins and chocolate cookies? The staff in Critical Care have worked tirelessly, as have all the staff in the hospital, over the past few months and there have been times when things have been tough for everyone. However, when we receive such lovely kind thoughts from the public it is a reminder to us all that we are in your thoughts.”

“I just wanted to say how grateful and pleased we are to receive these. It’s very special you took the time to do this”

“Thank you so much for thinking of us and being so kind during these challenging times – the pick-me-up bags most definitely brought smiles to our faces”

The Charity Champion Award was announced at the hospital’s AGM on 6 October and the school are very pleased to continue supporting the hospital. This year, several concerts have been planned for our Music Scholars to play to staff, patients and visitors on the hospital’s grand piano including a special Christmas concert in December.

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