West Norfolk music group leader remembered during visit by Lord Lieutenant
A popular music group leader and hospital worker has been remembered during a visit by Norfolk’s Lord Lieutenant.
Lady Dannatt met staff and volunteers of the Wells Community Hospital last Thursday to thank them for their work during the coronavirus crisis.
She also unveiled a plaque in tribute to Chris Jacklin , of Burnham Market, who died in March, aged 65, after testing positive for coronavirus.
A tree has been planted at the site in memory of Mr Jacklin, who worked as the hospital’s facilities and maintenance officer, but was perhaps better known as the captain and founder of the Nelson’s Shantymen music group.
Members of the Shantymen, who celebrated their 10th anniversary shortly before Mr Jacklin’s death, were invited to perform at the ceremony.
On its Facebook page, the group said it had been “pleased” to be asked to take part.
A further post added: “It was great that the hospital remembered Chris in this way.”
The Shantymen have now resumed rehearsals, which are also streamed live on its Facebook page, for future shows.
The event was also the first face-to-face meeting with volunteers, with social distancing measures in place, for Lady Dannatt, who became the first woman to be appointed as Norfolk’s Lord Lieutenant last year, since the start of the lockdown.
A keen volunteer herself, Lady Dannatt has served as a counsellor for both the NHS and the charity, Relate. She also spent five years as a volunteer for a Norwich charity dealing with victims of abuse.
She praised the audience of friends of the hospital, staff and volunteers.
“Thank you for doing such a great service, she told them.”
The hospital offers 35 therapeutic clinics to people living along the North Norfolk coast, ranging from NHS services to dentistry, physiotherapy and help for those with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimers and dementia, to hairdressing and a slimming group.
The hospital also has a dialysis unit which enables holiday visitors with renal problems to enjoy a holiday by the sea.
Trust chairman Rebecca Myers said: “We thank Lady Dannatt for her generous time today, for valuing our work, and that of our community of partners, our service users, volunteers and staff.
“We also thank her, for her own work as a volunteer: for her show of faith in us now and for role we can play together, in the future, working together with our communities.
“We may be a small organisation, but we have a long reach.”