Fitting finale for the #ClapforCarers
Last week (28 May) at Bassetlaw Hospital, the concluding ‘Clap for Carers’ ended on a high with a very special musical performance by Worksop’s Got Talent 2019 winner, Richard Harvey, which was dedicated to NHS colleagues locally and nationally.
The clap has become a weekly ritual across the country for the last 10 weeks and has seen communities come together to recognise and celebrate the health service, carers and key workers. Last Thursday, 28 May, saw the country put their hands together for the last time to applaud those working on the frontline to fight against Covid-19.
Richard, whose mum Shelley works at Bassetlaw Hospital, has been serenading his neighbours on Thursday evenings and was approached by Bridget Baines, a Sister at the Hospital, and asked if he would sing outside the hospital for staff and patients.
Richard takes up the story: "When Bridget asked if I would sing I didn't hesitate in saying yes. I wanted to show my appreciation for all our local NHS heroes for all they do each and every day and never more so than in these unprecedented times. Following the clap I sang 'Nessun Dorma' which got a huge reaction with people telling me afterwards it made them very emotional. It was moving to see staff at the ward windows listening and waving and I hope they know how much we are behind them and how much the NHS means to us nationally."
Suzy Brain England OBE, Chair of the Board at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), said: "On behalf of everyone at the Trust, I want to thank Richard for coming to Bassetlaw Hospital and making the last Clap for Carers so memorable.
“We have very much appreciated how the country has come together during the Thursday evening clap. The support and outpouring of love for the NHS has been overwhelming but most certainly much appreciated by our caring teams at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals. The clap for carers may have come to an end but we know that the support of our local communities goes on and for that we will be eternally grateful."
As of 3 June, colleagues at DBTH have cared for more than 600 Covid-19 positive patients, with almost 350 safely discharged since March.