A LOCAL mental health trust (CWP) has recognised its longest serving members of staff at a celebration event.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) held a Recognition of Service awards for all staff from the Chester area celebrating more than 20 years continuous service, with attendees clocking up an incredible 575 years of service between them.
Cliff Jones, 82, from Chester, was given a special award to celebrate serving more than 50 years as a member of CWP staff.
He said: “I spent the first 35 years visiting the wards each week, holding sing songs with patients.
“In those days the hospital had a single decker bus which I used to take the patients to other hospitals like Leighton, Mostyn, Denbigh and Winwick to put on variety shows.
“One year I wrote and took part in a Christmas pantomime but I’ve also held music quizzes, and played tunes for patients on the piano. I love my job and love working for CWP.”
Sheena Cumiskey, CWP’s chief executive, said: “The awards ceremony is a great opportunity for us to recognise the effort and commitment that our longest serving members of staff have given.
“Cliff in particular is a magnificent example of this and is a real asset to the trust.”