Chesney Hawkes teams up with Nottingham University Hospitals and issues plea

Pop legend Chesney Hawkes has teamed up with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in the year's most unexpected collaboration so far. Fortunately though they're not planning a new version of The One and Only (although that might be fun).

Instead, Chesney, now a staggering 52 years old, has urged the people of Nottinghamshire to nominate staff and volunteers at NUH for an award. NUH has launched its People First Recognition Awards this year, giving people the chance to say a big "thank you" to someone who has gone that extra mile for you or a loved one.

Hawkes sent a video message, saying: “Have you, a relative or a friend received great care at Nottingham hospitals? If so, I want you to nominate a staff member, volunteer or a whole team for the Public Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.

“New for 2024, the NUH People First Recognition Awards provides the opportunity for any member of staff or volunteer to be recognised and rewarded.

“This is your chance to say a big thank you to someone who has gone that extra mile for you or a loved one. Visit the NUH website to submit your nomination.”

The public can nominate NUH staff - individuals or teams, for the Public Award, and NUH volunteers for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations are open all year round and will be collated for judging at the end of the summer, ahead of our annual awards ceremony held in the autumn.

Anthony May OBE DL, chief executive at NUH, said: “Our Public and Volunteer of the Year Awards are really special, as they give the public the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams who have been truly outstanding in their role. This is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contribution of our colleagues and volunteers, our frontline teams and those working behind the scenes.

“Both awards are important because nominations are received by members of the public, and the winner of the Public Award is chosen from the public nominations received. We are proud to serve our local and wider population, and want to provide this opportunity for the public to recognise when colleagues have done a good job.”

NUH has teamed up with the Nottingham Post who are proud to sponsor this year’s Public Award and Nottingham City Transport, sponsors of this year's Volunteer of the Year Award. Since launching in May we have received more than 70 nominations so far for both awards.

Visit the NUH website to submit your nomination.