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Suffolk NHS staff take to the skies thanks to Rattlesden Gliding Club




Midwives from the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust were treated to the experience of a lifetime thanks to a gliding club in Suffolk.

Rattlesden Gliding Club offered flights over the Suffolk countryside as a thank you to NHS staff who had been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic from the frontline.

The midwives enjoyed half-hour flights alongside friends and family from more than 2,000 feet in the air, with views as far as the Orwell Bridge and the Port of Felixstowe.

A member of the midwifery team being prepped for take off. Picture Rattlesden Gliding Club
A member of the midwifery team being prepped for take off. Picture Rattlesden Gliding Club

Nina Facwett, team lead for the Forest Heath midwives, Newmarket, said: "It was just such a beautiful day and it was such a wonderful experience."

The idea came from one of the gliding club's members, who has links to the midwifery team.

“He thought it would be a nice idea for NHS colleagues who have worked so hard throughout the pandemic," said Ian Godding, a director of the Rattlesden Gliding Club.

A member of the midwifery team. Picture: Rattlesden Gliding Club
A member of the midwifery team. Picture: Rattlesden Gliding Club

“Some of them took the controls, while others just wanted to look out from the cockpit.”

The success of the day has led to the club offering a 20 per cent discount to all NHS staff.

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