Sefton Council has awarded Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) with an Honorary Freedom of the Borough award to celebrate the heroic work of the Trust’s healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, as well as Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust were also presented with the honour at a special ceremony at Bootle Town Hall on 26 January.
Freedom of the Borough is the highest ceremonial honour Sefton Council can bestow. At the event, an extra-ordinary meeting of the Council took place to officially grant the Freedom of the Borough, with an accompanying civic reception for Trust representatives.
Receiving Freedom of the Borough grants the Trust the ‘right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed’.
Sue Musson, Chair of LUHFT said: “It is a great honour for the Trust to be awarded Sefton Council’s Freedom of the Borough for our services during COVID-19. The pandemic presented immense challenges for all of us working in healthcare, and this award recognises the remarkable courage, selflessness and resilience of our staff who cared for patients, families and each other at a very dark time. We are so grateful to receive this very special honour and for the continuing friendship and support of colleagues across the Borough.”