READING Borough Council has provided a public and lasting thank you for the amazing work that NHS staff and carers are doing to look after the town’s residents during the coronavirus pandemic.
The road markings, providing a message of gratitude from the Council on behalf of residents, were installed on Wednesday 29 April directly outside Royal Berkshire Hospital on the London Road. The message reads “THANK YOU NHS AND CARERS” with the NHS logo in the middle of a colourful rainbow heart.
The Council teamed up with its road markings contractor Bellstan to provide the thank you message between the entrances to Eldon Road and Prince’s Street. Bellstan generously provided the messaging free of charge to show their gratitude to the NHS as well, along with their materials supplier Ennis-Flint and Uni-Play who did the artwork and final print.
The thank you extends to all key workers and frontline staff who have been instrumental in keeping essential services going for Reading’s residents since the coronavirus pandemic began, including those redeployed to unfamiliar roles to ensure continuity. Last week the Council urged people to do their bit to make a difference by joining its care agencies and help make sure vulnerable adults and older people in Reading are supported over the coming months.
Reading Borough Council Leader Jason Brock said:
Our NHS staff and carers have shown exceptional dedication, coping so well with the additional pressures and dangers that coronavirus has brought. We want to bring a smile to the faces of hospital staff when they come to work and remind them how much the Council and all Reading’s residents truly appreciate what they are doing. My sincere thanks go to all frontline staff keeping essential services going, including the Council’s dedicated team and those working or volunteering with all our partners.”
Steve McManus, Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “It’s great that so many of our hard working staff now see this lovely message of gratitude as they start and finish their shifts at the hospital. We’ve been overwhelmed by the many ways the local community has rallied round to support us all during the covornavirus outbreak, from donations of food and laundry bags, to the weekly clapping for carers. This eye catching message on our doorstep is a reminder to everyone of the fantastic work being done, not just inside the hospital but by carers and key workers across our community.”
Both Reading Borough Council and the Royal Berkshire Hospital reiterated that residents can help the fight against Covid-19 through social distancing and should stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
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Image: From Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust: Front left Dom Hardy (Chief Operating Officer), 2nd left Steve McManus (Chief Executive) and front right (Nicky Lloyd, Chief Finance Officer) along with Reading Borough Council Leader Jason Brock (2nd right), Cllr Tony Jones (3rd left) with members of the Council Highways team and contractors Bellstan.