Charity celebrates Bedford nurses by serving over 2,000 hot meals

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In honour of International Nurses Day, held across the world to celebrate the vital role that nurses play in our healthcare systems, the Rapid Relief Team UK (RRT) has served 2,100 meals at appreciation lunches organised by the charity at Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

60 volunteers from the RRT set up tents at the two hospitals in Bedfordshire and served the charity’s nutritious signature hot meals, alongside refreshments, to say thank you to the nurses who dedicate their lives to looking after others.

The RRT’s appreciation lunch was accompanied by internal initiatives organised at the Bedford Hospitals, with wards being decorated in honour of the nurses, and cake and gifts handed out in a show of appreciation for their hard work.

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At the event, RRT volunteers also spoke with the nurses as they came to collect their meals and shared their favourite parts about their job. Marj, a nurse at Bedford Hospital with over 45 years’ experience, said that her favourite part about being a nurse is “looking after everybody who is not able to look after themselves”.

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RRT serving meals to nurses

“I think if you have the heart to look after anybody it’s the best profession you can join,” she continued.

The RRT, which is made up of volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, puts compassion into action by offering practical support to charities, emergency services and other organisations on the frontline.

Harry Purdom, RRT Luton local team leader, said: “It was fantastic being out here in Bedford saying a massive thank you to all the incredible nurses who work tirelessly every day to ensure the wellbeing of our communities. In our lives, we have all benefited from the care and compassion of nurses, and International Nurses Day is a great opportunity for all of us to recognise and celebrate their work.

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“What made this initiative even more special was that it was replicated by RRT volunteers across the world in a truly global event. At the RRT, we believe in strong communities and nurses are the backbone of our healthcare services. Thank you again for everything you do for us!”

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RRT RRT serving meals to nurses

Helen Oaks, head of nursing for medicine and elderly care at Bedford Hospitals, said: “Nurses are amazing and truly inspirational. My team provides superb patient care, and they inspire me every day to be more caring and effective. I couldn’t do my job without the team of fantastic nurses around me. Throughout the week, we have celebrated our nurses, and we want to thank the RRT for their generosity. Their volunteers were on site at both of our hospitals serving us a fantastic barbeque, which we were very grateful for.”

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