Straight from the heart - our tribute to Blackburn and Lancashire's unsung heroes

1 month ago Mon 22nd Jun 2020

We're recognising hard-working Blackburn NHS staff and key workers keeping vital services going through the Coronavirus pandemic in a moving tribute we have unveiled today. 

We've teamed up with local newspaper the Lancashire Telegraph to create a specially-liveried 'Blackburn  Heroes' bus to remind everyone of the important role NHS staff and key workers have in our everyday lives, from postal workers to police officers, carers to cleaners - as they maintain vital services. 

The finished bus, resplendent in gleaming blue with an NHS heart and rainbow, carries photos of local key workers and health service staff. Each was nominated by proud friends and relatives to appear on the sides of the vehicle through social media. 

We are also recognising our own teams work to keep transport links running for key workers and those needing to reach food shops and essential services on the bus with pictures of our drivers, engineers and support staff based at our Intack depot. 

We took the Blackburn Heroes bus for a VIP visit to the Royal Blackburn Hopsital to give proud NHS staff the first opportunity to see their images on the completed bus. 

Elisabeth Devey, Maternity Support Worker at Royal Blackburn Hospital, is shown below seeing her picture featured on the bus for the first time! 

Elisabeth Devey

Alex Hornby, our CEO, has said; 

As key workers ourselves, our drivers and support teams know first-hand how important it is to keep on serving local people by helping others who need to make a journey, including to and from work or to pick up food or access services.

We know there are many unsung heroes doing all kinds of jobs right now who deserve our community’s thanks, and so we decided to recognise them by covering our ‘Blackburn Heroes’ bus with their photos, along with the jobs they do – with our amazing NHS workers given pride of place.

In partnership with the Lancashire Telegraph, we invited nominations to appear on this very special bus, and we’re delighted with the positive response from so many people who clearly share our desire to recognise those who do so much for us all.

We’ve already had an amazing reaction to our ‘Blackburn Heroes’ bus – and we’ll be creating more Heroes buses across the North, in each of the towns we serve, working with local media partners to create a fitting tribute to the often unsung heroes of our communities.

Chief Executive of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Kevin Mcgee, has said; 

Our teams in Blackburn and across the region are pulling out all the stops to provide safe, personal and effective care to our patients every day, and I thank each and every one of them.

The NHS is doing a fantastic job and there’s no way we could do this without the support of key workers in the wider community. I hope the ‘Blackburn Heroes’ bus will make all who see it pause to think for a moment about the vitally important work being done to keep our community going. We’re so grateful for their support.

I hope that the contribution of NHS staff and all the other carers and key workers will always be remembered, and they’ll continue to be held up as the heroes that they are.

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