NHS volunteers given exclusive screening

On the 73rd birthday of the National Health Service, Monday 5th July, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation invited 100 local NHS heroes to celebrate the occasion in style. 

The group, who are volunteers and staff supporting Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust in delivering its highly successful Covid-19 vaccination roll-out, were treated to an exclusive, complimentary screening of the movie In The Heights at Broadway Cinema, which is owned and run by the Heritage Foundation. 

Screen One inside the beautiful Art Deco cinema was set up to provide 100 socially distanced seats for the volunteers to settle back for an evening of much-deserved entertainment.  

Sarah Brown, Director of Nursing and Quality for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) is responsible for the roll out and day-to-day management of seventeen vaccination sites across Herts, West Essex, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Sarah welcomed the opportunity for her hard working colleagues from the Letchworth vaccination team plus the volunteers from the charity Communities 1st to enjoy this fun night out at the movies: “I know how hard everybody at the Letchworth site has been working to get as many adults vaccinated from the local community. Every jab represents another step closer to normality and beating this pandemic. The chance to have a night out, as well as celebrate the NHS 73rd birthday, represents a special treat in the beautiful, historic Broadway cinema. Our thanks go to the Heritage Foundation for this generous invitation!” 

Stephen Craker, Chief Executive, Communities 1st added: “At Communities 1st, we are incredibly thankful to all our fantastic volunteers, and thoroughly appreciate the opportunity for recognition of their hard work. As they surpass more than 5,900 hours of volunteering at the Letchworth vaccination centre, it may just be time for a day-out to the big-screen!”   

Commenting on the special night, CEO of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, Graham Fisher, said: “Broadway Cinema is one of the Heritage Foundation’s best-loved cultural contributions to Letchworth life, and we are delighted to put it in service of these tremendous NHS heroes. Thanks to them, we are a better-protected community. I hope everyone has a wonderful night on us and wish them well as they continue to deliver such important work.”