NHS Spitfire to fly over Warrington Hospital

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We are so excited to announce that the "Thank U NHS" Spitfire will fly over Warrington Hospital on Sunday 30 August, at approximately 10:54am, conditions permitting.

The aircraft is covered with the names of 80,000 NHS staff, family members, neighbours and friends nominated by members of the public to recognise the huge sacrifices and acts of kindness over the last few months.

The aim of the initiative is to lift the spirits of those across the UK, many of whom are still living in some form of isolation, whilst also thanking the hospitals, communities and individuals who have been at the forefront of getting the country through the pandemic.

The fundraising campaign, which runs until September 20 to align with the Spitfire closing the show at the IWM Duxford’s Battle of Britain Air Show, has so far amassed more than £60,000. The Spitfire will take off from Duxford Airfield near Cambridge at 10am on Sunday, August 30, and fly over Warrington Hospital at 10:54am.

Those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the blue Spitfire will be able to see the message "Thank U NHS" written across the underside of its wings.

Simon Constable, Chief Executive for Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals commented, “We are absolutely delighted that this legendary aircraft is scheduled to fly over Warrington Hospital on Sunday as part of a tour of a number of hospitals across England. It is unique recognition during extraordinary times and we are very honoured.”

NHS Spitfire route on Sunday, August 30:

10:00 Duxford Airfield - Take off

10:19 Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS

10:27 Royal Derby Hospital NHS

10:37 Royal Stoke University Hospital NHS

10:47 Countess of Chester Hospital NHS

10:54 Warrington & Halton Hospital NHS

11:00 The Royal Liverpool Hospital NHS

11:04 St Helens Hospital NHS

11:10 Southport & Formby District General Hospital NHS

11:15 Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS

11:20 Blackpool Airport - Land

14:00 Blackpool Airport - Take off

14:07 Royal Lancaster Infirmary NHS

14:13 Royal Preston Hospital NHS

14:18 Royal Blackburn Hospital NHS

14:26 Bradford Royal Infirmary NHS

14:30 Calderdale Royal Hospital NHS - Halifax

14:32 Halifax Huddersfield Royal Infirmary NHS

14:37 Rochdale Infirmary NHS

14:42 Royal Bolton Hospital NHS

14:45 North Manchester General Hospital NHS

14:47 Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

14:49 Trafford General Hospital NHS

14:53 Wythenshawe Hospital NHS - Altrincham

14:55 Stepping Hill Hospital NHS - Stockport

15:16 Melton Mowbray Hospital NHS

15:36 Duxford Airfield - Land

To have your name added to the NHS Spitfire click here: https://bit.ly/34I7h0f all proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together.