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Tuesday 1 December 2020

A giant light angel

Twelve giant Angels have been installed in Slough town centre to honour the hardworking staff at nearby Wexham Park Hospital.

The special Christmas light sculptures pay tribute to the hospital’s ‘unsung heroes’ and are named after 12 individuals from different departments across Wexham Park.

The staff were nominated by their managers for the dedication and commitment shown during the last eight months. From a housekeeper in the Intensive Care Unit, to a physiotherapist, a pharmacy worker and security staff - alongside their colleagues they worked tirelessly during the busiest period in the hospital’s history.

The trail of 12 illuminated angels will be placed in and around Slough high street, each dedicated to an individual staff member. The display will be unveiled in a virtual ceremony on Facebook Live on Wednesday 18 November at 4pm, ahead of the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

Neil Dardis, chief executive, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Slough BID and the local community. This is a wonderful gesture – for Wexham Park staff and the thousands of people who work in other Frimley Health hospitals and community services. It is a challenging time for all of our staff and to have their hard work recognised is a great honour. We hope the people of Slough have a safe Christmas and enjoy the angel trail, even if it’s virtually from the comfort of their homes.”

The angel trail will mark a special 12 days of Christmas campaign, which will be launched by Slough BID in conjunction with several local businesses. The campaign will give locals the opportunity to win different prizes each day by participating in competitions on social media.

A spokesperson for Slough BID said: “Covid has been the main focus of 2020 and as Christmas looks very different this year we wanted to make Slough a little bit brighter to celebrate the festive season.  Our local communities are extremely grateful to NHS staff and their enormous efforts working during the pandemic. The angels are a fitting tribute to symbolise our gratitude to everyone at Wexham Park Hospital and to invoke the true spirit of Christmas for local residents.”