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19th Jul 2021
Sefton Council has confirmed it is awarding the Honorary Freedom of the Borough to Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
At a meeting of Full Council, the decision was made to recognise the four Trusts and all their staff formally, for their hard work and dedication during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Freedom of the Borough is the highest ceremonial honour the local authority can bestow and a permanent record of the Borough’s endless appreciation and debt of gratitude to the Trusts will now be formalised.
An Extra-ordinary meeting of council will be organised to officially grant the Freedom of the Borough, when Covid 19 restrictions will allow. In addition, a civic reception will be planned for officers of the Trusts and their invited guests.
Organisations receiving Freedom of the Borough gain the ‘right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed’.
Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council Leader said: “The Trusts and all of their staff have served the Borough and wider city region tirelessly throughout the pandemic, putting themselves at risk in ensuring the safety of others.
“That selflessness and dedication cannot be underestimated, which is why the Council are awarding NHS staff at all levels within the Trusts the Honorary Freedom of the Borough.”
Dame Jo Williams, Chair of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust said:
“We are hugely honoured to be recognised and to have been awarded the Freedom of the Borough from Sefton Council. It is fantastic recognition for our staff and colleagues who have worked tirelessly and bravely during the Covid-19 pandemic which has challenged everyone in the last year or so.
“Alder Hey is privileged to play a vital role in supporting the health of children in Sefton and around the world. This would not be possible without the support we receive from children and families around the Borough and from our friends and partners in the in the Local Authority and other agencies.
“Children have been very badly impacted in so many aspects of their lives and we remain determined to continue to support them in every way we can. Together our ambition is to create a world leading centre of excellence offering outstanding care, developing leading-edge research, providing the highest standards of paediatric training and accelerating the impact of game changing innovation for children and young people and it is only together that we can really improve the lives of children in this country and beyond.
“On behalf of everyone at Alder Hey, I would like to thank Sefton Council for awarding us such an honour.”
Previous organisations who have been granted Freedom of the Borough include RAF Woodvale, in 2011, and No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 Regiment, Royal Corps of Transport, in 1982. Individuals who have had the honour bestowed upon them include Jamie Carragher, in 2004, and Donald “Ginger” McCain in 2006.
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