VIP treatment at the Amex
14 December 2018

Brighton and Hove Albion's recognition of hard work and achievement

Colleagues from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) received VIP treatment in recognition of their hard work and achievement.

Luke Southby, SCFT Nursery Volunteer (and devout Seagulls fan) and Lauren Lothian, a Hilltop Nursery Apprentice, took a trip to the Brighton and Hove Albion's American Express Community Stadium to enjoy a hospitality day provided by sponsor, apprenticeship and training provider, Sussex Skills Solutions based at East Sussex College.

The pair visited the Amex for the action-packed 1-1 draw between Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club (BHAFC) and Leicester City Football Club.

Another nursery apprentice, Lauren, won two match-day tickets in an internal competition run through SCFT but Sussex Skills Solutions offered two more tickets to the NHS, in recognition of Luke's 10 years' of service to Hilltop Nursery.

In a special gesture by BHAFC, Luke was also presented with a signed home shirt prior to the match.

Cara Mitchell, Nursery Business Manager, SCFT, said: “Luke has been a valued member of the NHS for the past 10 years, having been a volunteer in the kitchens at the Hilltop Nursery and now Butterfly Nursery in Hove. He has become a valued team member and is an asset to the nursery.

“Luke has a passion for football and already attends Sunday Adult Disability League Football sessions run by Albion in the Community. He was very excited about going to see the Albion play at The Amex. We are delighted to give him this opportunity in recognition of his dedication and a massive thank you to the Club for hearing Luke’s story and presenting him with a signed shirt.”

Luke now works on the nursery bank for a couple of hours per week in a supported employment placement.

Lauren secured her apprenticeship after a four-day work placement at the Hilltop Nursery at Brighton General Hospital.

“The placement was part of my course on The Prince’s Trust programme,” Lauren says. “I’d never thought of a career in childcare but after four days at Hilltop Nursery I had the most amazing time with the children and staff. I was lucky to then be told there was a vacancy for an apprenticeship at the nursery. I applied straight away and was happily successful.

“Since being here I’ve done lots of important training and been involved in so many different events within the NHS, and I am pleased with where my career is heading.”

Well done and thank you to Luke and Lauren for your continued hard work within our nurseries, we hope you enjoyed the day – come on Seagulls!

If you’re interested in what our apprenticeships have to offer, find out more information on our website or click here if you’d like to find out about volunteering for the Trust.