Staff across Walsall Manor Hospital and its community services are looking forward to being treated like VIPs tomorrow evening when they attend a special celebration event hosted by two appreciative community organisations.

The Union of Muslim Organisations (Walsall) and UKIM Aisha Mosque want to show a huge thank you to staff for all their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Appreciating that 2022 is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year, organisers are taking the opportunity to treat Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust staff like royalty with a four course meal and entertainment at the Badshah Palace in Great Barr.

The Deputy Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Chris Towe, Chief Superintendent of Walsall Police Phil Dolby and Dr Masood Ahmed Chief Medical Officer of NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG will be on hand to welcome these special guests into the banqueting hall.

Mohammed Arif, interim Chair of the United Muslim Organisation, said: “We worked closely with the Trust’s Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as our communities wanted to show their support for all the NHS heroes who were delivering care and saving lives wherever possible in unimaginable circumstances.

“We tried to assist and support the staff with food and drink supplies, appreciating many were struggling to leave their work environment and were also coping with full PPE. We always said we’d like to thank them properly for everything they have done and the Queen’s Jubilee seems the ideal time to do so.

“We have more than 150 Walsall Healthcare guests coming to the event and we want them to sit back, relax, and enjoy someone else taking care of them. We are truly indebted to our local hospital and community staff for their response to the global pandemic and this is our way of saying thank you.”

Manjeet Shehmar, Walsall Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer, said: “This is such a generous and thoughtful gesture on behalf of the UMO and Aisha Mosque and makes us feel so humbled.

“Our staff who were nominated for colleague recognition awards will be in attendance as well as others who have been put forward by their teams because of their commitment and dedication. It’s a huge thank you from us in return for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing event, organised in partnership with our Well Wishers charity.”

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