|Six months ago, St Paul’s Church in Thornton Heath opened its’ doors as a Covid19 vaccination centre to support the roll-out of the national vaccination programme in South West London.|
11 local GP practices along with the NHS and local volunteers came together to set up the centre – one of six GP led centres in the borough of Croydon – and deliver nearly 40,000 Covid 19 vaccinations to local residents.
On Sunday 1st August St Paul’s held a special service of Thanksgiving in recognition of their efforts. The event was attended by 65 people including staff from local GP practices and South West London Clinical Commissioning Group, volunteers from Croydon’s Volunteer Association and church members. The service was followed by a celebratory lunch to thank all of the volunteers who had been invaluable in supporting the day to day running of the centre.
Dipti Gandhi, Clinical Lead for St Pauls and Clinical Director for Primary Care North Croydon PCN and Teresa Chapman, Non Clinical Site Lead at St Paul’s and Business Lead – One Thornton Heath PCN, were presented with a thank you for their leadership and commitment to the success of the centre and were invited to plant a tree in the churchyard as a symbol of hope. Thank-you gifts and certificates were also presented to each volunteer to thank them for their contribution and each GP practice and St Paul’s church received a certificate of recognition. Three awards were given for ‘Outstanding Contributions’ to Karen Chillman, Manager of the Croydon Volunteers Association who organised volunteer rotas, Corrine Fernandes who coordinated and supervised the volunteers on site and Gill Borthwick from St Paul’s Church.
Everyone who attended said how much they had enjoyed the event and commented on what a rewarding experience it had been to work together to help to vaccinate as many local people as possible.
Certificate for local volunteers
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