Inspirational hospital staff celebrated at Team NUH Awards

Laura Bennett photo

We are delighted to have sponsored an award at last night’s Team NUH Awards, which recognises staff at Nottingham Hospitals who have gone above and beyond for their patients.

The deserving winners were revealed during a live television studio style broadcast, watched by a virtual audience of over 400 people yesterday evening (Wednesday 13th October).

Awards categories included the Mindful Award, Nurturing Award, Honest Award, and an overall Trust Award.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity is extremely proud to have sponsored the Public Award, for which shortlisted staff members were nominated by the public, rather than by colleagues.

Laura Bennett, Children's Burns and Plastics Clinical Nurse Specialist, was crowned overall winner of the Public Award for her work with William, a little boy who had both legs amputated, and the picture book she produced to help William come to terms with his amputations and subsequent treatment.

Accepting her award at the live ceremony an emotional Laura said: “This award is so special to me, and William is a very special little boy to me. Working with William and his family has been a real privilege, and I’d like to thank the family for taking the time to nominate me.

“And a special mention to ‘Stinky Ted’. Although he was very pesky, and stinky, without him I don’t think we could have got through some of the more difficult dressing changes with William. Thanks also to my fantastic colleagues in the Burns and Plastics Team. This award reflects on all of us, including the wider Children’s Hospital team”.

Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett

Natalie Fahy, Editor of Nottinghamshire Live and the Nottingham Post, who announced Laura’s win, said: “Laura made William’s life bearable at a time when he was frightened about what was happening, and helped his family and school friends understand what was happening to William.

“The book Laura produced, which William still treasures, really helped William to understand some of his feelings, and it certainly brought a tear to my eye. It brings me great comfort that people like Laura are out there for us all, during the hardest times in our lives. Congratulations on your win Laura!”

Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We are delighted to have sponsored this year’s Public Award at the Team NUH Awards, and are thrilled that Laura was the chosen winner for this category.

“Laura truly went above and beyond the call of duty in the care she showed to young William and his family, making such a difficult time more manageable for them, and even spending her own time putting together the special book for William. We are so proud to be able to give Laura the recognition she deserves for the hard work, dedication and compassion she has shown – well done Laura.”

Well done to all last night’s winners, and all those who were nominated.

Find out more about how we support staff at NUH.

Keep up to date

Sign up to our newsletter to keep in the loop about fundraisers, stories, news and more from Nottingham Hospitals Charity.