Photo: George Lewis Romain

Spitfire to fly over the town

A Spitfire will fly over Bexhill hospital today (Saturday) at 12noon in recognition of the amazing work of NHS staff.

The iconic blue plane, emblazoned with ‘Thank U NHS’ on its underside, will pass 23 hospitals on two separate routes across the south of England.

The plane will take off from Duxford Airfield at 11am and fly over Kent before reaching the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, Bexhill Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Painting on the names. Photograph credits: ©George Lewis Romain

The Spitfire PL983 ‘L’, which is operated by the Aircraft Restoration Company, generated a fantastic response when it flew over the 8pm clap for carers.

And you can nominate people who displayed kindness during the pandemic to have their names written on the plane – and help raise money for NHS Charities Together.

John Romain, the company’s founder and managing director, said: “After such a positive response we decided to leave the message painted on the Spitfire for the rest of the flying season. This is where the idea to hand write the names of the nation’s loved ones onto the aircraft to raise money for the NHS Charities Together began.” 

To nominate a name you need to visit the company’s JustGiving page and donate a minimum of £10 along with the name of the person and the reason for the nomination.

You can have a name added to this list. Photograph credits: ©George Lewis Romain

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