Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust mark Holocaust Memorial Day

HOLOCAUST Memorial Day has been marked in a poignant ceremony at Southport Hospital thanks to the trust’s branch of Unison members.

Branch officers for the public service workers union recently returned from a Unison North West educational visit to the former Nazi death camps in Poland.

When they came back they were eager to get Southport hospital involved in a memorial for the victims of the Holocaust

They spoke about their experiences to Trust staff, patients and visitors, offering tea lights to place in the hospital prayer room.

Holocaust Memorial Day coincides with the liberation of the Auschwitz by the Red Army in 1945.

Today there are fewer than 10 survivors of the camp still alive.

John Flannery, Staff Side lead for the Trust, said: “As well as remembering those who died we’re acting as living witnesses to the Holocaust as it begins to pass from living memory.”

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is the charity that promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day. It has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK event and over 5,590 local activities taking place on or around 27 January each year.