The Christmas lights are now on at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH), thanks to the support of local business Mole Valley Farmers.
John Palmer, Chief Operating Officer at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, flicked the switch on Thursday 3 December 2021.
John said: “”It was a great pleasure to turn on the Christmas lights for the hospital this afternoon – twice!! We switched them on with a group of staff at lunchtime and then came back for a twilight switch on too, so we could see the full impact of the beautiful tree and its lights. I enjoyed speaking to staff from our Estates Team and Hospital Charity about the efforts that everyone has made to put a number of decorations and trees across the hospital and community sites.
“We all agreed how incredibly important it is for our staff and patients to feel the sense of welcome and celebration that comes from the lights; and then reflected on the year as a whole and the remarkable way in which our teams have responded time and again to the call from our patients and community as we have continued to tackle the impacts of COVID-19.
“The lights and the tree are a symbol of joy and delight, but they are also a sign of hope, expectation and thanks – we are all incredibly grateful for everything that everyone has done to support the organisation, its patients and communities this year and we look forward to better times ahead for all of us.
“Thank you to every one of you and please do enjoy the run in to Christmas.”
Many of the trees for NDDH and the community hospitals have been donated by Mole Velley Farmers, and the company also allowed the Trust to purchase additional trees at cost price. Lights have also been donated in previous years by Mole Valley, so a huge thank you to them. The Trust would particularly like to thank Paul Ackrill, from Mole Valley Farmers for arranging this.