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North West Branch News

From Ita Hicks

The north west HCA is a thriving Branch and our meetings are always very well supported by both caterers and suppliers, with, on average, attendance between 45 to 60 members. The networking and inter-branch support is a testament to our members’ passion to share best practice and the newly created Branch caterers WhatsApp group is a regular source of support and sharing of information.

Owing to restrictions we were not able to hold our Annual Awards Summer Ball and after many months of virtual meetings both on Zoom and Teams, we decided to arrange a smaller event so that we could get together and celebrate the hard work, commitments and achievements of our members. Whilst the event was designed to be much smaller than the traditional Summer Ball, 43 members attended the awards and it was a delight to finally see so much laughter and socialising: it almost felt normal.

Congratulations to the following:

Hospital of the year 2021: Countess of Chester

Junior Manager of the year 2021: Tracey Leech, Pennine Acute Trust

Employee of the year 2021: Charito Tanto, Stepping Hill Hospital

Supplier of the year 2021: Bidfood

And a huge congratulations to Tim Radcliffe and his catering team from East Lancashire Hospitals for winning the Public Sector Catering Hospital Catering Award 2021.

Our next Branch meeting will be a combined AGM/Study on 4 November.

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