Rev Richard Coles shares message of thanks for KGH staff

Finedon's vicar shared a video thanking KGH for all they do

By Phoebe Radford
Friday, 3rd April 2020, 3:11 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 3:12 pm

Reverend Richard Coles, vicar of Finedon, has shared a message of thanks for the staff at KGH.

Rev Coles shared his message of gratitude on Twitter last night (Tuesday, March 31) where it has had more than 6,000 likes.

Many people have been sharing messages of appreciation for the NHS as it battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rev Richard Coles has thanked KGH staff. Photo by NMP (

Rev Coles said: "Lots of you, lots of my parishioners work at Kettering General, lots of my parishioners are patients at Kettering General and I know from personal experience how much we have to be thankful for in the care that you give to this community and the whole community you serve in this region.

"David, my partner, died in ICU in KGH in December and I'll be forever grateful for that care, for him, for me, for his family. Thank you so much for that."

Talking about the current pandemic, Rev Coles said it was an extraordinarily difficult and demanding time.

He said: "Lots of people I am sure, like me, are more than usually conscious that we owe to you in the NHS and to Kettering General in particular.

"I spoke to a friend last week, who doesn't live around here, but whose mother died with COVID-19 in hospital and he was unable to be with his mother, there was no family member present, no priest present.

"But the medic who supervised her care was present at the end and held her hand and I thought that told us something really powerful, not just about professionalism and skill but about the heart and that commitment to care for people, for patients, not just as medical problems but as fellow human beings."

Rev Coles finished by thanking the NHS and said: "I am sure I speak for many when I just say how grateful I am for all that you do.

"And as a priest, I wish you every blessing, blessings of grace, and endurance and imagination and commitments and all those qualities that you bring to ensure that we are looked after.

"So God bless you all and keep cheerful and thank you."

You can watch Rev Richard Coles' video above, or on his Twitter page @RevRichardColes.