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Leeds Castle News17 September 2020

Leeds Castle to host NHS Wellbeing Day

A wonderful day out – that is what the Leeds Castle Foundation and the local NHS have combined to provide for staff and their families from NHS organisations in Kent and Medway, as they stage NHS Wellbeing Day on Saturday 26th September 2020.

“The loveliest Castle in the world” will welcome staff and their families for a well-deserved wellbeing day after a gruelling six months tackling the virus.

Leeds Castle chairman Niall Dickson said he hoped staff and their families would have a wonderful time.
“We are all aware and in awe of what local NHS staff have done for our community, and our aim is to create a very special day in this very special place. We know the experience of visiting the castle and its estate can be so uplifting and can do great things for our mental health and wellbeing. Who better to enjoy this than hardworking NHS staff and their long-suffering families?

There will be so much to do, from exploring our magnificent gardens and challenging the family to a game of adventure golf, watching breath-taking falconry displays and letting little imaginations run wild in our exciting play areas, or maybe just relaxing in one of the most beautiful settings in England. We are also planning a few surprises for our guests!”

The NHS Wellbeing Day will be a private event at which the Leeds Castle Foundation, an independent charity, will welcome 2,500 visitors. Staff can apply for their free tickets through their NHS organisation.

John Goulston, Interim Chair of Kent and Medway STP, said “We’re delighted that Leeds Castle are opening their doors to allow our NHS colleagues to have a well-earned day out to relax and recuperate. The health and wellbeing of our teams is of paramount importance to us, especially in the light of their hard work during the peak of the COVID pandemic. I’m sure that those who are able to take advantage of the offer will have a wonderful time with their families in this scenic part of the county.”

The Kent & Medway NHS has around 40,000 employees across organisations working in acute, mental health, community, primary care settings and comissioning.

To coincide with the wellbeing day, Leeds Castle is also planning to launch an NHS and Care Discount Scheme so that health and social care staff across Kent can benefit from all the castle and its estate have to offer. This scheme will sit alongside current offers for blue light and emergency service employees.

As a result of NHS Wellbeing Day, Leeds Castle and its grounds will be closed to its regular day visitors on Saturday 26th September 2020.