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Fancy dress shop helps flu campaign
10:10am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A FANCY dress shop in Leigh stepped in to help when healthcare providers decided to turn back the clock and launch a ‘War on Flu’ campaign.
The Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust is encouraging its staff in the Leigh area to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination via an internal poster message for the 3,200 NHS community staff in the region.
To catch the eye they staged a photo shoot for the posters with NHS staff dressed as 1940s land girls, nurses, Army and RAF officers, which is where Leigh Road-based Fancy That costume providers became involved.
“We were only too happy to help and provided a gas mask, a German helmet and RAF uniforms along with a land army girl’s and nurse’s outfits to the Trust at a discount price,” said Fancy That owner Kay Heywood.
Posters featuring Bridgewater staff volunteers in their costumes will be distributed to offices, clinics and health centres and staff will also receive a War on Flu leaflet with their payslip.
Bridgewater’s chief executive Dr Kate Fallon said: “Although having the flu vaccine is a personal choice, we encourage all staff to have the vaccine if possible so we can help reduce staff sickness and keep our patients flu-free.
“The War on Flu campaign posters do have a light-hearted tone but they also include hard-hitting messages.
“I would like to thank staff who have been involved as well as Fancy That in Leigh and Wigan Little Theatre for their help and support.”
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