Twinning initiative seeds legacy of lasting support for Western Sussex Hospitals
During the lockdown period, hundreds of rainbow pictures and messages of support were sent in to patients who could not receive visitors due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Building on this overwhelming support, a twinning initiative has launched at Western Sussex Hospitals, which pairs local schools and community groups with a specific ward or department, seeding a legacy of lasting support for the hospitals.
The wards at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester are named after communities in Sussex, and in many cases, are being twinned with those who share their name. For instance, Durrington High School in Worthing is proudly twinning with Durrington ward.
Chris Woodcock, Headteacher, Durrington High School, said: “Kindness is one of our core values at Durrington High School and we encourage students to give back to the community. Our students have really enjoyed getting creative and sharing messages to patients and staff on Durrington Ward. We’re excited to see how this partnership flourishes.”
Pauline Cheeseman, Durrington Ward Matron, said: “We’re delighted to be twinned with Durrington High School and look forward to seeing how this partnership develops in the future. We love the idea of engaging local students and building a sense of community.”
We love the idea of engaging local students and building a sense of community
Kim Thornton, Headteacher at Chidham Primary School near Bosham, said: “We are delighted to be twinned with Bosham ward. During the Covid-19 pandemic, our key worker children made ‘thinking of you’ fingerprint flower pictures for patients in hospital. It was a great way for the local community to show support to the NHS and particularly Western Sussex Hospitals. We are keen for this relationship to continue.”
In the future, it is hoped twinning could support recruitment, volunteering, work experience, fundraising, community engagement and many other as yet unknown benefits.
To find out more and get your school, parish or community involved in the twinning scheme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.