Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Whittington Hospital, North London to that Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses on International Nurses' Day
The Duchess of Cornwall took the time to deliver a hand-written letter to the nurses at Whittington Health NHS Trust on International Nurses' Day,
She was thanking them for the support they had provided to their patients throughout the pandemic and beyond.
The Duchess of Cornwall's thank you reads:
“Today is International Nurses’ Day, when we celebrate the wonderful men and women whose compassion and skills make such a difference to so many. As the proud Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, I very much wanted to take this opportunity to say “a marvellous thank you” to each and every Roald Dahl Nurse across the United Kingdom.
“Between you, you support over 21,000 seriously ill children, bringing understanding, comfort and hope to them and to their families. Whenever I have the great pleasure of meeting Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses, I am always struck by your kindness, resourcefulness and boundless energy; and never fail to be moved by the stories of the lives you have touched. Thank you for being marvellous.”
The Duchess met with Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse Edith Aimiuwu and the children and young people she is treating for blood conditions whilst also thanking all nurses at the Whittington Hospital.
Her Royal Highness also met fellow Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses from neighbouring NHS Trusts: Roald Dahl Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Lynn Keen and Roald Dahl Transition Specialist Nurse Neil Fletcher – both from Barts Health NHS Trust – and Roald Dahl Transition Haematology Specialist Nurse Giselle Padmore-Payne from King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Edith, who has been a Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse at the Trust since 2006, said: “It was a privilege to be thanked by Her Royal Highness particularly after such a challenging year. Complex blood conditions like sickle cell anaemia have a profound effect on the day-to-day lives of these children and young people. We have worked hard to ensure they could continue to get the care they need, safely but they have had an incredibly tough time during the pandemic and this visit was really special for them.”
Her Royal highness was hosted by Whittington Health NHS Trust Chief Nurse Michelle Johnson MBE, who is also a Trustee of our charity.
Michelle said: “We are so delighted that Her Royal Highness was able to personally thank our wonderful nurses at the Whittington Health NHS Trust and to meet some of our children and their families. Our Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses are a lifeline to these families supporting them clinically and emotionally. It’s wonderful that our Royal Patron can be here today to support Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to launch our ‘Marvellous Thank You’ campaign.”
The Marvellous Thank You campaign was spearheaded by Carter and his family with their charity video. Carter's video hightlights the importance of Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses.
If you would like to donate to this campaign please visit our page: www.roalddahlcharity.org/donate.
Other elements of the campaign featured celebrity designed thank you cards and cards designed by seriously ill children and young people who wanted to thank their Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses.
The cards can be found here where you can go and send one to someone you would like to thank.