Geoff Moyle, Catering Manager at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and member of the HCA's Northern Branch, has been awarded a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire for services to catering in the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic. He and his team (including volunteers) were some of the unsung heroes who continued to keep staff and patients fed and watered during lockdown, including handing out more than 40,000 packed lunches to staff day and night.
"I’m thrilled to bits and was absolutely over the moon when I found out,” says Geoff, "although I had to re-read the email about three times because I thought ‘this can’t be true, this doesn’t happen to ordinary people like me!' I’ve worked in catering at the Trust for 42 years – coming up 43 – and I wouldn’t have achieved this without the team. I give them the tools and they just get on with it, particularly over these last few months during the pandemic. They thoroughly deserve this recognition too. I’m just really proud and honoured.”
Geoff’s colleagues were quick to congratulate him, stating that it was good to see vital services such as catering, and those who deliver these services, recognised for their hard work behind the scenes. Phil Shelley, past Chair of the HCA, said, “Geoff represents everything excellent in the NHS – a committed caterer, leader and innovator. Thank you Geoff for the many years that you have dedicated to NHS catering, the HCA and friendship to colleagues.”