The Trustees of the War Memorial Village Derby are to present a hand-crafted bench to the Royal Derby & Burton Hospital Trust, in honour of the tremendous effort and commitment of those working at the hospital throughout the current crisis.

The bench is set to be situated on the main concourse of the Royal Derby Hospital with a replica bench installed within Memorial Square at the village in Chellaston, Derby.

The benches will read:

Presented by the War Memorial Village Derby

This bench honours all those within the healthcare profession for their selfless commitment and diligence to protect and improve the health and well-being of the people of Derby.

You represent the very best of our country.

2020

The benches have been designed and hand made by Chris Kennedy at Roll and Scroll who have previously made the other benches at the Memorial Square in the village which have been highly admired and have become a focal point for remembrance.

The Trustees of the Village hope these benches would equally become a focal point and serve as a permanent reminder of the deep-felt appreciation for all the hard work and dedication of NHS and keys workers.

Cllr Roy Webb, Cabinet Member for Adults Health and Housing said:

“These benches are a wonderful mark of recognition, commitment and dedication of all of those on the front line in our hospitals and community working to save lives. “

Chris Kennedy, Designer at Roll and Scroll said:

“It was just something that I came up with, thinking of the NHS staff that are putting their lives at risk doing what they are doing. I was having sleepless nights thinking what can we do and this is what we came up with out to be blue, to say thank you.”

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive, said:

“The goodwill that has been shown to our hospitals and our people over the last few months has been truly heart-warming. I’d like to thank War Memorial Village Derby for this lovely gesture, which will stand as a constant reminder to our colleagues of the public’s appreciation for their courage and dedication over this difficult time.”

Harvey Jennings, Chairman of the War Memorial Village Derby said:

“We wanted to create a lasting legacy that recognised the efforts of these wonderful professionals, especially after the ‘Thursday clap’ had ended. I’m delighted by the response of our residents who were so supportive of the idea and raised almost £3000 to fund the project themselves.”