Wimbledon opened its doors to key workers last weekend

Date: 09 September 2020

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Eighty NHS hospital staff, London Ambulance Service medics and Transport for London workers received free tennis lessons on the famous Wimbledon grass courts last weekend as a thank you for their hard work during the pandemic. BEH was represented by Elias Egwabar, Access and Flow Administrator and Jide Ogunba, a physiotherapist working on the older people’s mental health wards.

Jide Ogunba, a physiotherapist working on the older people’s mental health wards, was nominated for his compassionate care for patients on a COVID-19 positive ward throughout the pandemic. He adapted his role to support patients with personal care and kept them engaged while in isolation.

Jide commented: “Thank you to Wimbledon for the amazing experience. I really loved every minute and every bit of the day.”

Elias was nominated for his work over and above the call of duty to contribute to the Trust’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, he worked in the Bronze Control Room to manage the Trust’s response to the pandemic and was praised by colleagues and managers for how well he supported them.

Elias commented: "The Wimbledon trip was an exciting experience and an adventure to have. What you see on TV doesn’t do it justice. Grass court tennis is incredible to see in person, but the grounds are also an amazing site. Even if you are not a tennis fan, I’d highly recommend the Wimbledon experience.

The scheduled of the day was very structured and on arrival at Gate 5 I was greeted by members of staff and collected my Wimbledon T-Shirt, name badge with the trust name and a tennis racket. I was then escorted to have tea and coffee at the Members’ Brasserie.

We were then greeted and welcomed by All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) Chairman Ian Hewitt, Medical Secretary, and another senior member of the Wimbledon Team.   

After the introduction from the team, we were escorted to Courts 6 and 7 for a warm up session with reputable coaches. They then split us into groups and assigned coaches and a court to conduct the tennis activity.

After about an hour with the coaches playing both singles and double matches, we were escorted to the Members’ Brasserie where we collected lunch hampers. Then we were split into two smaller groups and went on an exclusive tour around the grounds where pictures were taken. We also received a goody bag that included a merchandise of Wimbledon: towels, key rings, badges, and a small bottle of champagne.

The entire Wimbledon experience, personally and professionally was a WOW moment. It was once in a life time opportunity and it was good to see that key workers and their hard work during the pandemic were recognised. 

Being at Wimbledon was amazing and the staff worked hard to ensure that we all had a wonderful day."

 
  • Summary:

    Eighty NHS hospital staff, London Ambulance Service medics and Transport for London workers received free tennis lessons on the famous Wimbledon grass courts last weekend as a thank you for their hard work during the pandemic. BEH was represented by Elias Egwabar, Access and Flow Administrator and Jide Ogunba, a physiotherapist working on the older people’s mental health wards.