HARD-WORKING staff at a hospital trust who once cared for King Charles are going to have a right royal knees up to celebrate his coronation, thanks to the Sun on Sunday.
We teamed up with Morrisons to launch our “Win a Coronation Party” competition and thousands of you entered to try and grab the ultimate £5,000 coronation bash.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have won the amazing prize after being nominated by one of their cancer patients who praised the “huge hearts” of staff at their two hospitals, Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre.
The Trust’s chief executive Anthony May said: “To be chosen as the overall winner, from a wide range of national nominations is a wonderful recognition for everyone at NUH.
“King Charles III was a patient at the QMC for a week in 1990, after suffering an injury during a polo match. Since then he has kept close links with the hospital.
“It will be an honour to hold a party to celebrate the coronation of our new King.”
Charles went to the trust in 1990 to receive specialist treatment when he broke his arm after falling off a horse while playing polo in 1990.
He had to undergo three hours of surgery and spent a week at the hospital. He returned to open their A&E in 2014, saying at the time: “I am very glad indeed to have the opportunity to return to the QMC, which is engraved on my arm!”
Sun on Sunday reader Mary Morgan is undergoing treatment for bowel cancer at the hospital and said she was “thrilled” that the team would get a party that they “deserve” so much thanks to her nomination.
Mary, 72, from Nottingham, said: “The oncology team there have such huge hearts, they are angels. But it is also the entire team of staff there from the porters to the consultants who are amazing and go the extra mile every single day.
“I have had cancer treatment at the City Hospital and operations and other treatment at QMC, they are all just fantastic.
“I take my hat off to all of them and I am so pleased that my entry has won, for them. They are a wonderful bunch and they truly deserve this party and so much more.”
Mary, who has two sons Daniel, 45, and Ben, 41, plus three grandchildren, added: “I was told, in the middle of Covid I had bowel cancer and initially I was so scared.
“They instantly scooped me up with a cup of coffee and were there for me.
“Without the NHS I wouldn’t have this time with my sons or my grandchildren.
“I am also a royalist, I can’t wait for the coronation. And I am so pleased that the trust who once cared for the King can have this special party.”
Morrison’s in-store Market Street experts are providing everything for the special day including sandwiches, deli products and afternoon tea with cakes and drinks. They will even lay on decorations from their Party Shop.
Rachel Eyre, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer at Morrisons, said: “We’re looking forward to playing our part in helping Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust celebrate the Coronation with our great quality fresh food.”
Print experts wttb.co.uk are providing banners, life size King Charles and Queen Camilla cutouts, clappers and crowns.
A spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to be able to do our bit in supporting the team at Nottingham Hospitals NHS Trust to make their party go with a bang.
“We hope our crowns and life-size King Charles and King Camilla cutouts will add a bit of fun to the event for the very deserving staff.”