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A ‘Thank You’ Garden Party was held on Saturday 03 September 2022 to mark and reflect on the amazing contribution and resilience shown by healthcare staff in Fife throughout the response to the global pandemic.

The event, which was organised following feedback from healthcare staff across Fife earlier this year, replaced the annual Staff Achievement Award which have been suspended for the last 2 years. Following an online survey of staff, the majority of respondents supported the proposal for NHS Fife to host a ‘Thank You’ event and with the opportunity to apply for free tickets via an open ballot.

The ‘Thank You’ Garden Party was held at no cost to NHS Fife, with funding for the event provided by the Fife Health Charity and with support from local suppliers. The event was held at the picturesque Backhouse Rossie Estate near Ladybank, with the venue offered to NHS Fife free-of-charge by owners Andrew and Caroline Thomson. Also offering their services as a ‘thank you’ were Stewart’s Drinks, which is based in Rosyth and who provided drinks, crockery and some of the waiting staff for the event.

To maximise the number of healthcare staff who could attend, the event was split into a morning and an afternoon session, with around 300 staff attending over the course of the day. Free coach travel was provided from both Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.