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Isle of Wight NHS Trust staff, in partnership with the Isle of Wight College, have been battling it out after being challenged to design a Christmas tree that represents equality and diversity – ‘Diversi-Tree’.

The competition, which was the brainchild of Sam Greatrex – the Equalities Lead for the Trust, was held at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport last week.

The trees were judged on their ingenuity and in aligning to the theme of equality and diversity by Rob Da Bank, Chris Palmer (Trust Executive Director) and Rosie Barnard (Equality and Diversity Manager for IW College).

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The overall winner was the ‘Sensitree’, designed by the Apprenticeship team of the Isle of Wight College. Runners up were the Engineering team, Learning Resources Centre and the Insight team.

Prizes were kindly donated by the Isle of Wight College, Asda, Body Shop and Isle of Wight Tours.

Julie Pennycook, Trust Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development said:

“The trees are a great tribute in supporting equality & diversity, as well as providing much delight for patients, visitors and staff alike.  Do pop along to the Full Circle Restaurant where the trees are on display throughout the festive season.”

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