Abhimanyu, Sita and Ratri Shakhas Slough Celebrate Raksha Bandhan Utsav with nurses from NHS Frimley Park Hospitals Trust

(8th September 2019)

Nurses from the NHS Frimley Park Hospitals Trust were invited to the Raksha Bandhan Utsav and to participate in ‘khel’ and ‘bauddhik’. This was followed by the ceremony of tying the ‘Rakhis’ on the wrists of all present as a symbol of protection, to remind us of the pertinent message of the festival of Raksha Bandhan.

The nurses were honoured for all they do for the community and to promote a sense of ‘Sewa’ (selfless work) which underpins the nursing profession.

Guest speaker on the day was a local artist and HSS UK volunteer, Vidhu Sharma, who explained the concept of Raksha Bandhan in its widest sense. Stating “It is a privilege to be joined by some of our society’s greatest protectors – local nurses from the NHS – who continue to protect us despite working in very challenging environment and the nature of their job. Nurses have to work hard and remain sympathetic whilst managing diverse range of people who are unwell and need medical treatment.

As such, HSS UK want to recognise and protect healthcare professionals such as nurses whose work exemplifies one of our Hindu mottos: ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the whole world is one family)”

Maxine McVey (Interim Director of Nursing), Rena Johnson (Sister, Pre-Operative Assessment Unit), Annie Avery (Staff Nurse) and Karen Malik (Staff Nurse) were invited to say a few words. They complimented the way HSS UK works with all age groups, especially youngsters to affirm their civic duty and promote harmony in wider society through festivals like Raksha Bandhan.  They all also commented that they are proud to be working in the nursing profession and it is especially humbling to be recognised and acknowledged in this unique way.”