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Royal Free Hospital staff presented with commemorative tile for coronavirus fight by people of Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 13:25 15 September 2020 | UPDATED: 13:25 15 September 2020

A painted tile has been presented to staff at the Royal Free. It will be displaced at the World Peace Garden near to the hospital. Pictured are artist Melissa Fairbanks, Marc Hutchinson of the Heath & Hampstead Society, organiser Jonathan Bergman and Kate Stemeck, chief exec of tthe Royal Free Hospital. Picture: Polly Hancock

A painted tile has been presented to staff at the Royal Free. It will be displaced at the World Peace Garden near to the hospital. Pictured are artist Melissa Fairbanks, Marc Hutchinson of the Heath & Hampstead Society, organiser Jonathan Bergman and Kate Stemeck, chief exec of tthe Royal Free Hospital. Picture: Polly Hancock

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To mark the contributions of staff at the Royal Free to the fight against Covid-19, hospital chief executive Kate Slemeck was presented with a commemorative tile created by Hampstead artist Melissa Fairbanks.

The glass tile by local artist Melissa Fairbanks commemorates the work done at the Royal Free to fight coronavirus and  is mounted on a tree stump at the nearby World Peace Garden. Picture: Polly HancockThe glass tile by local artist Melissa Fairbanks commemorates the work done at the Royal Free to fight coronavirus and is mounted on a tree stump at the nearby World Peace Garden. Picture: Polly Hancock

At a ceremony in the World Peace Garden in South Hill Park, chair of the Heath and Hampstead Society Marc Hutchinson handed over the tile and paid tribute to the work of her staff in a testing 2020 so far.

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Referencing the BBC’s Hospital documentary programme which featured the Royal Free in May, he complimented the “skill, selflessness and sheer heroism” of hospital staff.

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Marc added it was a thank you from the people of South End Green, Hampstead and Camden to hospital staff and said: “It is in tribute to, and with the deepest gratitude for, the huge part the hospital and its staff have played, and will continue to play.”

The tile will be on display in the garden, which is just moments from the Royal Free.


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