On Sunday 6 December, 25 members of staff from West Middlesex University Hospital were invited to attend the England v France rugby final of the Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham Stadium.
The complimentary tickets in the Royal Box were offered to West Middlesex staff by the Rugby Football Union, as a gesture of thanks for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The match saw supporters return to Twickenham in-person for the first time following the recent national lockdown. West Middlesex staff were joined by staff from Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust to enjoy the match in their local stadium.
Speaking to BBC News on Sunday evening, Intensive Care Matron Pauline Timms said: “It is tremendously exciting [to attend], and to be representing NHS workers and West Middlesex University Hospital.”
Physiotherapist Lucy Hill, who was also in attendance, said: “We had a fantastic day out and watched a great game of rugby – made even better by an England win! It might have been cold, but we were provided the royal treatment in the royal box. Thank you to the team at Twickenham for looking after us.”