A PROJECT to create a lasting monument in honour of NHS and care heroes outside Russells Hall Hospital has received a £5k cash boost.

Interserve has donated £5,000 to the project, which was launched by councillor Keiran Casey to recognise the contribution of health, care and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company provides services at Russells Hall Hospital, including catering and domestic services.

Councillor Keiran Casey, who represents Upper Gornal and Woodsetton on Dudley Council, said: “I am delighted that Interserve has offered this wonderful donation to help us fulfil our ambition of raising a permanent monument outside the hospital which would act as a lasting reminder to us all of the bravery and hard work of NHS, healthcare and key workers during this crisis.

“Hospitals, care homes and key workers have played an unbelievably important role in treating our loved ones, keeping them safe and looked after and the country running during this difficult time.

“We all owe more than words can say to those right on the frontline in the fight against this virus. We think this monument would be a fantastic way to publicly recognise the work of all workers across Dudley and would be a lasting reminder to all.”

The overall cost of the scheme is £30,000 and it is hoped funds can be raised by encouraging local businesses to get involved.

Members of the public will also be able to contribute to the project by purchasing a glass heart to be placed on the monument.

Lynn Mawdsley, managing director for Interserve’s Support Services Division, said: “We are delighted to recognise the outstanding role undertaken by key workers and NHS colleagues across the country and to support Councillor Keiran Casey’s idea of constructing a memorial at Russells Hall Hospital.

“We have been proud and humbled to support the NHS team and their incredible efforts to combat the dreadful COVID-19 virus.”