BAME Network holds successful celebration event
13 July 2018

BAME Network holds successful celebration event

Celebrations took place at the Arundel Suite in Brighton General Hospital yesterday (July 12) as part of NHS70 and to mark 100 years since World War One.

The BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Network planned and hosted the event as an opportunity for staff and members of the community to reflect on the cultural history of the NHS and to celebrate the BAME members of staff who have contributed so much to Brighton General Hospital and the wider NHS.

The event kicked off with opening remarks from SCFT Chair Peter Horn, who highlighted the historical significance of the Brighton General site, which was once used as a Kitchener Hospital for Sikh, Hindu and Muslim soldiers wounded during in the First World War.

Following Peter, was Founder of the Brighton and Hove Black History Project and MBE Bert Williams. 

Bert shared his own personal story of travelling to England with his Sisters as part of the Windrush generation. His sisters joined the NHS as Nurses after a shortage of staff prompted a recruitment drive in Jamaica after World War Two. 

He then gave an interesting talk about the rich cultural history in Brighton and Hove over the last century.

Around the room, there were exhibits highlighting the various elements of local history such as the Chattri Memorial on the South Downs.

Food and refreshments were provided by MommaCherri, a local soul-food chef who served a delicious lunch including macaroni cheese balls, fish cakes, sweet potato and Jerk chicken with corn bread. 

The afternoon continued with talks from Kate Parkin – Sussex Armed Forces Director who gave a presentation about the importance of BAME networks within the Armed Forces. 

Tony Kalume, chairperson of Diversity Lewes followed with a talk about prominent local BAME individuals throughout history.

The event was rounded off with a reading from local Poet Terry Godwin who presented the network with a framed copy of his poem ‘God Bless the NHS’.

For more information about the history of Brighton General and to read some of the wonderful stories collated by the Brighton and Hove Black History Project, visit their website - here.

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