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Blue Hero Award

Date: 15 December 2014 10:11

Two nurses from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital were given a festive surpriserecently, when Everton boss Roberto Martinez made an unexpected visit to their tour of Goodison Park.

The Evertonian nurses, along with 26 other nurses from hospitals across Merseyside, had been invited to the Club’s stadium under the impression that they were representing their respective trusts at a corporate event.

With no idea of the surprise ahead, the group of nurses were taken on a stadium tour by blues legend 
Graeme Sharp, before being interrupted in the first team dressing room, by the Everton Manager.

Roberto Martinez then made the surprise announcement that they were being recognised as Everton’s latest Blue Heroes and thanked them for their dedication to patient care. 
  
Martinez said: "It's one of those days that we, as a football club, are so proud to be able to give some good feeling back to many, many special people. What they do on a daily basis is so important and so vital for everyone in the community, for everyone in the city and Merseyside as a whole.

"For us to highlight many Evertonians that are special with their commitment and time on a daily basis and affecting so many families in the right manner and in special times is wonderful. Working in a hospital is a significant time for anyone, it always shocks you when you have to be in a hospital and people like the Blue Heroes that we recognise today make that time different and what they give back is quite unique.

"We've been delighted to be able to recognise them for what they do and wish them a very special Christmas."

The surprise was the latest in the Club's ‘Blue Crimbo’ campaign, recognising deserving members of the local community.

Each hospital in the region was invited to nominate Evertonian nurses who deserved special recognition. 

Joanne Shaw, Service Improvement Lead, was recognised for her role in significantly raising awareness of dementia and leading the hospital’s ongoing dementia friends training programme, whilst Stephanie Wright, Holly Suite Staff Nurse, was commended for her training figure success for blood transfusion. 

Joanne said: "For nursing staff across Merseyside to be recognised in such a special way was wonderful. 

"We were obviously the lucky ones who were nominated and invited along to the event, but we just represented the thousands of other nurses who could also have been put forward for providing outstanding levels of care to patients and families on a daily basis.”

Stephanie added: "I didn’t have any idea that we were coming to Goodison for such a really big surprise. It was a fabulous experience and meeting Roberto was obviously the highlight!”