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Will and Kate Honour NHS Staff

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have awarded NHS staff with the Special Recognition Pride of Britain Award.


OCTOBER 28th, 2020

William and Kate will appear on the Pride of Britain Awards 2020 - © Pride of Britain/PA

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he Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have awarded a Pride of Britain Award to the country’s brave NHS frontline workers, on behalf of the nation. Presenting the Special Recognition Pride of Britain award, William and Catherine – both poignantly dressed in blue, and the Duchess wearing a rainbow patterned shirt by Lisou – thanked NHS staff for their “humility and compassion”. The couple also paid tribute to all health workers, thanking them for their service throughout the pandemic and putting their “lives on the line to help others”.

The moving visit took place at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London where the Duke and Duchess were introduced to six representatives of the NHS by Kate Garraway. The Good Morning Britain host, whose husband Derek Draper contracted Covid-19 in March and remains seriously ill in hospital, was offered support by the royal couple.

The Royal couple took part in a video with a local school to thank teachers and staff for supporting the children of key workers. - © Instagram/KensingtonRoyal


William and Catherine will feature towards the end of the annual awards ceremony, which will air on Sunday, 1st November at 9pm on ITV.

At the presentation, the Duke said: “"The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded us as a nation of how much we owe to the thousands of NHS workers who have gone far beyond the call of duty this year.



"They have worked tirelessly around the clock, with humility and compassion, in the most challenging of circumstances, putting their own lives on the line to help others.

"It is fitting that we are here today at Britain's oldest hospital to thank and celebrate our NHS staff and to honour them with a Pride of Britain award."

Kate Garroway with members of the NHS Frontline Staff - © Pride of Britain/PA


The Duchess continued her husband’s kind remarks, adding: “"Through our conversations with frontline workers during the pandemic, we have been inspired by their stories of bravery and selflessness.

"Many have had to leave their families for weeks on end, some have come out of retirement to help, while others have stepped into new roles to play their part in the fight against coronavirus.

"And it is not just the medical teams - all NHS staff have played a crucial role through this time. During lockdown, we joined people up and down the country to applaud the NHS and our keyworkers each week. Their hard work still goes on and we remain indebted to them for all they do."



Handing over the award, William concluded: “"We cannot thank you enough. On behalf of a grateful nation, it is a tremendous honour for Catherine and I to present this special recognition award to the army of dedicated NHS staff."

Amongst the six members of the health care service who were introduced to the couple were Keisha Mills, an intensive care matron, Dr Simon Finney, an intensive care consultant, Marion Jones, a healthcare assistant, Heder Lopes Landim, a porter at Barnet Hospital, Martha Sarpong, an intensive therapy unit support nurse, and Charlotte Greenfield, a critical care physiotherapist.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with NHS 111-helpline Staff in April - © Getty Images


Ms Greenfield commented on receiving the award on behalf of the NHS describing the honour as “incredibly flattering”.

“What was really nice was that the duke and duchess were asking us questions, they were genuinely interested.

“I don't think Prince William knew there was a different branch of physiotherapy in terms of respiratory, so I was explaining to him. I educated him a little on my role.

“I explained exactly how it had been. I kept using the word sweaty to him, but it really was. They were absolutely lovely and kept asking genuine questions.”



The Duke and Duchess have focused much of their work over the last few months on promoting NHS frontline staff. Together they launched the Our Frontline initiative – a service to provide essential and vital mental health care for nurses and doctors fighting on the frontline of the pandemic.

At the start of the pandemic, William and Catherine also visited a 111-helpline call centre. The couple said at the time: "The last few weeks have been anxious and unsettling for everyone. We have to take time to support each other and find ways to look after our mental health. It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental wellbeing. By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead."

William and Catherine have also maintained contact with numerous mental health charities throughout the pandemic, including, Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind and Catherine Roach, CEO of Place2Be.

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