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United for the cause

Last Saturday the Trust held its first ever 'Team Challenge' event at Kirkby Sports College.
 
The day involved lots of teams from departments across the Trust coming together and competing against one another in various different tasks and challenges.
 
The day was enjoyed by everyone and provided the staff involved with an opportunity to get to know the people they worked alongside as well as those working in neighbouring wards and services. Some of the challenges were really tricky and provided a stern test but it was really interesting to see the innovative approaches each team came up with to overcome them. For me though, it was the fantastic teamwork on display that was most heartening. Every individual participant had a role to play in every challenge and, even when their own task was complete, the support and encouragement staff showed their fellow team mates was a joy to behold. 
 
The power of people coming together and uniting for a common cause is perhaps never more emotively displayed on Merseyside than when the tragic events of the Hillsborough disaster are brought to the fore. As Chief Executive of Liverpool Women's, a body who's primary reason for existing is to serve the people of this great city, I felt compelled to write about my admiration for the way in which Merseysiders have once again displayed such a show of united strength. The tribute that the Everton family paid to its near neighbours on Monday night was both poignant and classy and perfectly captured the feeling of the people of Liverpool, from both sides of Stanley Park.
 
I'm perfectly situated to see our proud parents carrying their new babies out of the hospital in their LFC and EFC themed baby grows on an almost hourly basis and I'm told by our midwives that the most heated debates that take place in the delivery room are not what a baby will be named, but whether they'll be raised as a red or a blue. Whilst in the heat of the moment I'm sure our new mums and dads think that decision to be of unparalleled importance, it is a real comfort to know that those little Liverbabies will grow up understand that of equal importance is the ability to come together and support each other through times of trouble - whether red or blue.

 

by Kathryn Thomson

Chief Executive

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