"I felt really special with the view we had"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

I got an invitation a huge hockey game for a Christmas Present. I was excited and was asking everyone about what they think it will be like. Everyone was excited when we set off and we had a meal in Nottingham first. We then went to the arena and I bought a brand new Panthers Hoody from the shop. They took me up to the VIP box and I felt really special with the view we had and it was only NHS people in the box. Everyone had a really good time watching the game and I had my panthers jumper on. We watched a great game and the atmosphere was amazing. The crowd kept shouting so I kept standing up and joining in. I took a camera and took pictures of the view and the box we were in with my peers.

At the end of the game we had to decide as a group who we think won MOTM. Rachel then went and presented it. I felt involved as a group and was glad I was not on my own at the unit or at home. At the end of the game we said bye to the people in our box and made our way home.

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Response from Rachel Redford, Project Manager, Local Services Division, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Hi thank you for your posting. Yes what an amazing Christmas present that was for you all. I had been working hard with the GMB Nottingham Panthers team over the summer to plan what I know would be a very special day out for service users. The VIP box we were given was simply amazing and I am so pleased you enjoyed the experience. The chocolates were nice too! - You looked brilliant in your new hoody! - Thank you to you all for choosing Man of the Match, that was just amazing to present on your behalf. I am sure you have lots of photos from the event and I will look forward to popping into the unit to see them soon.

Look forward to seeing you all again soon.
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