High sheriff rides in to thank child care teams
THE High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Dr Ahmed Mukhtar, has visited Kettering General Hospital to formally thank staff involved in the care and support of children.
Dr Mukhtar visited earlier this month and met members of current and former staff involved in contributing to the well-being of children.
Dr Mukhtar was a much admired and valued consultant paediatrician at Kettering General Hospital for 23 years, retiring in 2004. He was also the trust’s medical director for six years.
He said: “My mission during my year as High Sheriff is to celebrate the efforts of organisations, groups and individuals who contribute to the wellbeing of children and young people.
“I want to thank those members of our community who are involved in protecting and enhancing children’s health, education, training, sport and social lives.
“I know from many years of working at the hospital just how much effort its staff do put into the care and welfare of children. So I thought it was very appropriate for me to visit and personally thank some of those staff.”
Kettering General Hospital’s Named Nurse for Safeguarding, Karen McMahon, organised the event with the High Sheriff. She said: “It was a fantastic event and I think both current and former staff were delighted to have their work recognised by one of the Queen’s representatives in Northamptonshire.
“It was a great opportunity for us all to get together to celebrate the support and care we provide for children and young people in so many different ways and to renew old acquaintances.”
The High Sheriff’s theme for the year has involved him in a number of other visits to projects across the county to celebrate work involving children and young people.
Some of these visits have also included grants being awarded from the High Sheriff’s Initiative Fund which is overseen by The Northamptonshire Community Foundation.
Visits this year have included the Hope Project in Wellingborough – an activity programme for young people aged 7-14 who have been bullied/have low self-esteem and a food box project (Greenacres Rural Enterprises CIC) run by children at risk of exclusion from school.
He has also visited a variety of community groups including the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs, and cadet and scout groups.
A JOB WELL DONE: Above – High Sheriff Dr Ahmed Mukthar formally thanks staff who have worked with children and is pictured shaking the hand of KGH Named Nurse for Safeguarding Karen McMahon, surrounded by staff past and present at the hospital who have enhanced children’s health and wellbeing.