Dr Luke Evans, MP for Bosworth, has thanked Battling Brook Primary School in Hinckley for inviting him to their ‘Thank You NHS Day’ on Friday 2 July. Dr Luke was delighted to meet Headteacher Stewart Marsden, the pupils of Battling Brook, and Year 6 pupil Myla, who originally had the idea for the event. There was even the opportunity to meet Dr Fox from the Leicester Hospitals Charity, who raise money to support patients, their carers, and NHS staff across Leicestershire.
Dr Luke also met some of the pupil’s parents who are NHS workers, watched a presentation from Mr Marsden and Myla, and took a tour around the school’s garden. Parents who are NHS workers were presented with gifts to thank them for their work during the pandemic. In the garden, pupils have been working hard on designing bricks for a special wall to celebrate the efforts of NHS workers, with a range of colourful designs on display. After visiting the garden, Dr Luke joined the pupils for photos taken by drone over the school with Mr Marsden, and answered some questions from an enthusiastic Year 6.
Speaking after the visit, Dr Luke said: “it was wonderful to visit Battling Brook on Friday to celebrate their ‘Thank You NHS’ day. The past year has been a year like no other for our health service, and as a GP myself I know that colleagues have worked tirelessly to support patients, so the day was a fantastic opportunity to thank key workers for their efforts. Battling Brook pupil Myla, who organised the event and would like to become a trauma surgeon in the future, is an inspiration to us all and brought the whole school together wonderfully. Thank you to all of the staff and pupils at Battling Brook for making me feel so welcome."
Battling Brook Headteacher Stewart Marsden said: “We always have a sense of pride when any of our children suggest making a positive difference to the lives of others, and Myla's Thank you NHS event is no exception. Two of our school aims are that we display 'Compassion' and 'Honour', and both of these values are central to the motivation behind this special day.”
Year 6 pupil Myla, who had the idea for the event said: “I am so grateful for the opportunity of planning this Thank You NHS Day. Throughout the pandemic, I have been inspired by so many people who have been working so hard to save lives and care for those who have been affected by COVID. You're all our heroes!”