The festival is part of a three-month “Thank you” season to staff.
Free food was offered up to staff at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals last week as part of a season of thanks for frontline staff supported by St George’s Hospital Charity.
The three-month “Thank You George’s” season, which started last month, will include a range of other events including art, music and reflection to share experiences from responding to the pandemic with one another.
The ‘lunch on us’ food festival for Trust staff launched on Sunday 14 November and served a variety of sweet and savoury options including wraps, noodles, popcorn and churros.
Rita Curtis, a Neuroradiology Nurse at the trust, praised the event. They said; “We work so hard, so to have this type of event with free food to say thank you is really well received.
“It’s a great opportunity to get teams together, away from the clinical area, as well.”
The event was ticketed and only available to NHS staff working at the trust.
A really challenging 18-months.
The festival was jointly funded by the Trust and St George’s Hospital Charity and is being accompanied by live music while staff enjoy their freebie lunch.
Jacqueline Totterdell, Group Chief Executive at St George’s and Epsom and St Helier, spent time serving food to staff and saying thank you directly for their efforts.
Ms Totterdell said: “The last 18 months has been really challenging and it has tested us all, so I am so incredibly thankful to our teams who have continued to provide outstanding care to our patients at the most difficult of times.
“The response of our staff has been – and continues to be – phenomenal which is why we are celebrating them with a three month Thank You George’s season to recognise their efforts in a whole number of ways including this week’s fab free food festival before we enter the challenging winter months.”
Amerjit Chohan, Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital Charity, added; “I am delighted the Charity can help fund the ‘lunch on us’ event. It is a great opportunity to say thank you to the dedicated and hardworking staff across the Trust for all the incredible work they do.”