Project Wingman lands at The Walton Centre to support staff with ‘first class lounge’

The Walton Centre is getting a touch of the high life as Project Wingman opens a ‘first class lounge’ at the hospital.

Project Wingman is a group of airline crew from across every UK airline, united by their profession and dedication to serving NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the project is providing a space for Walton staff to unwind, de-compress and destress before, during and after a shift.

Project Wingman Co-founder Emma Henderson said: “We are really excited about partnering with The Walton Centre. It has worked well at other trusts and we’ve been overwhelmed by the high level of gratitude from staff. We wanted to put our skills to good use and it’s amazing to see it happen. NHS staff are working so hard to save lives, it’s the least we can do right now to support them.”

Staff will be able to relax in the pop-up lounge on Jefferson Ward and have a chat and refreshments served by cabin crew from 7am – 7pm seven days a week.

Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations and Strategy Jan Ross said: “Project Wingman has already made such a difference to our hard working staff. The First Class Lounge they have set up gives our staff somewhere to go to unwind and relax that is away from the clinical environment. We are bowled over by what Project Wingman has done for The Walton Centre and are so grateful for the difference they’re making and the many hours they are volunteering to support the NHS frontline.”

The Walton Centre Charity applied to Project Wingman for a chance to have a lounge.

Head of Fundraising Madeleine Fletcher said: “I am delighted to count Project Wingman as one of our many supporters. They have provided a massive boost to our staff already and it’s really great to see crew members on site in their full airline uniform supporting NHS staff. We are one of only a few locations in the North West to have Project Wingman on site and we’re honoured to be able to work with them and their volunteer crew.”

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Notes to editors

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Sam Fleet, External Communications Officer, on 0151 556 3397 or email

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. Although the majority of patients come from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, for some specialist treatments of complex disorders we see patients from all parts of the country, referred by their GPs or other neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain clinicians.

  •          The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission twice. The independent regulator of all health and social care services in England published its first rating on Friday 21 October 2016, following announced and unannounced inspection visits to the Trust in April 2016. The second was announced Monday 19 August 2019 after inspections in March and April 2019.

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