East of England Ambulance Service thanks staff's children for their understanding during coronavirus pandemic
The ambulance service for Hertfordshire and Essex is saying a special thank you to the children of its staff for their patience and understanding during the coronavirus pandemic.
East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) chief executive Dorothy Hosein is sending personalised letters and pin badges to the sons and daughters of any member of staff or volunteer who requests one.
Called #ChildrenofEEAST, the initiative is designed to acknowledge and thank youngsters whose parents may have worked extra hours or had to juggle home schooling with shifts during the pandemic.
Ms Hosein said: "Many of our staff made huge sacrifices during the pandemic. We've seen some great examples of people going above and beyond, and do appreciate all of their efforts.
"But it's important to remember that this has been a frightening and stressful time for children too. While many youngsters have been off school and taught by their parents, those of key workers have continued to attend.
"The children of our employees will have heard about their friends' mums and dads getting extra time with them while staying home all day, when their parents have continued to work and, in many cases, take on extra hours.
"We hope that this small gesture will go a small way towards thanking them for letting us have a little bit more of their parents' time during the height of the pandemic."