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King's Lynn hospital staff enjoy Cup final showpiece with Prince William




There may not have been any fans at Wembley for this evening's FA Cup final, but a group of frontline workers have had a memorable experience at Sandringham.

Three members of staff from Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital were among those invited to watch the game on the estate with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William is the FA's president and the final was staged under the name of the Heads Up campaign he has spearheaded to promote conversations about mental health.

Prince William meets frontline workers at Sandringham for the FA Cup final (39675652)
Prince William meets frontline workers at Sandringham for the FA Cup final (39675652)

Ward sister Gemma Crittenden, porter Darren Uppington and information governance officer Jeannette Walsh were among those to enjoy the match, which saw Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1, with the Duke and Duchess.

Chief executive Caroline Shaw said: “I’m really pleased that Gemma, Darren and Jeanette were invited to attend this fantastic event on behalf of the staff here at the trust.

"We take the mental health of our staff and volunteers very seriously. We’re always looking for ways to break down the stigma surrounding mental health, and it’s fitting that our staff were invited to join in the discussion.”

Prince William chats with guests at the Sandringham event (39675697)
Prince William chats with guests at the Sandringham event (39675697)

The trust has introduced a series of measures to support staff's mental health during the coronavirus crisis, including dedicated "wobble" rooms in each ward and a helpline which has supported around 150 staff since April.

There are also plans to recruit dedicated Clinical Psychologist and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder workers to help with staff's recovery from the pandemic.

Jeannette said: “Staff have had to really dig deep during COVID-19. It’s been a difficult couple of months.

"I’d encourage all of my colleagues to make use of the mental health resources available to us through the trust.

Jeannette Walsh, Gemma Crittenden and Darren Uppington enjoy the big game at Sandringham (39675699)
Jeannette Walsh, Gemma Crittenden and Darren Uppington enjoy the big game at Sandringham (39675699)

"As a keen football fan, the FA Cup is one of my favourite days of the year and I feel really privileged to be here this evening.”



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