Moving Spitfire flypast pays tribute to NHS workers

People gathered to watch a Spitfire flypast which took place this morning to pay tribute to NHS workers.

Taking off from its home base at the Duxford historic airfield in Cambridgeshire, the aircraft – emblazoned with "Thank U NHS" on its undercarriage – flew over a number of hospitals in the region.

These included the Royal Liverpool, St Helens Hospital, and Southport & Formby District General Hospital.

The distinctive blue Spitfire was specifically built and used for photo reconnaissance during World War Two, carrying cameras instead of weapons.

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Members of the public are now being offered a chance to nominate peoples' names to be hand written on to the family-owned aircraft, to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

It could be a family member, a kind neighbour, close friend or community hero, as a way of recognising small acts of kindness throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

In return for their donation, the nominated name will be one of those written on the Spitfire, which has an 80,000 name capacity.

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The Spitfire flew over the Royal Liverpool Hospital this morning.

The fundraising drive is an echo of the one that took place during the 1940s, when Spitfire funds were set up by local communities around the UK and Commonwealth countries to encourage a sense of purpose and hope in the struggle against adversity.

The NHS Spitfire fundraising page can be found here.

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