Special bench helps Keith's memory live on at Hospital

Special bench helps Keith's memory live on at Hinchingbrooke

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Keith's family and colleagues unveil his bench

Hinchingbrooke Hospital staff have dedicated a special bench in one of the hospital’s main public garden areas to the memory of former colleague, hospital porter Keith Jeffrey, who sadly passed away in June this year.

The bench was officially unveiled ready for use in a ceremony held on Tuesday 18 September, attended by Keith’s wife Carol, his mum Olive, son Shane and daughter-in-law Mel.

The family were joined by Keith’s colleagues from the Patient Services Department, plus a group of hospital volunteers who tend to the garden areas, and Hinchingbrooke Hospital chaplain Julia Chamberlin, who led a prayer of dedication in memory of such a well-loved and popular colleague.

Beverley Balls, Keith’s manager in the Patient Services Team, said: “Keith’s family, friends and staff from across the hospital contributed to the cost of purchasing and installing the bench complete with memorial plaque.

“It is a tribute to the level of admiration and respect we had for Keith and it means a lot to have a place to sit and quietly reflect while having him in our thoughts. We hope it will also provide a place of comfort for his wife Carol and their relatives who will always be part of our hospital family. Keith would have loved the fact it is in the garden for everyone to use.

“Keith began working at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2011 when he joined the staffing bank. This saw him working in many different areas of the hospital, including as an Emergency Department Support Worker. He joined the Patient Services Team in 2014 as a porter, and very quickly became a huge asset to the team. He was the kind of character that everyone warmed to and is sadly missed by us all.”

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