..in the Southwark and Newington Deanery who have won the George Cross for their sterling efforts throughout the pandemic and beyond.
The Queen has awarded the George Cross to the National Health Services across the UK.
Staff in all four nations “have our enduring thanks and heartfelt appreciation,” said the Queen.
The George Cross was created by King George VI, the Queen’s father, in 1940 during one of the most difficult periods of World War II, a period known as the Blitz. The award recognises “acts of the greatest heroism or of the most courage in circumstances of extreme danger”.
The Queen wrote a note for the NHS explaining the award. “It is with great pleasure, on behalf of a grateful nation, that I award the George Cross to the National Health Services of the United Kingdom.”
“This award recognises all NHS staff, past and present, across all disciplines and all four nations.
“Over more than seven decades, and especially in recent times, you have supported the people of our country with courage, compassion and dedication, demonstrating the highest standards of public service.
“You have our enduring thanks and heartfelt appreciation.”
Story from BBC News and Reuters – https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/57718037