The London Eye may be closed this month for its annual maintenance, but many of the top SE1 attraction's staff have crossed Westminster Bridge Road to lend a helping hand at St Thomas' Hospital.
Trust Chair Patricia Moberly (top centre) and painter Everton Cross (top left) with the willing London Eye volunteers.
Enthusiastic volunteers arrived at the hospital last week armed with brushes and paint to give public areas a much-needed spruce-up. Two teams of staff spent two days decorating a reception area and corridor in Lambeth Wing.
London Eye bosses have a long-standing link with the hospital, donating tickets for the observation wheel to NHS Trust staff on a regular basis. Annabel Gunnell, PR & Community Liaison Executive for the BA London Eye, said: "This is a great opportunity to thank the Trust who have always been supportive of the London Eye project and to build on our relationship in a more practical way. We?ve had an interesting couple of days and it?s a real change from our usual jobs.
"One of the things staff have benefited from is the opportunity to learn new skills. Admissions and retail staff have been able to work with office staff and really get to know each other. It?s the kind of team building exercise that companies pay a fortune for."
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust Chairman Patricia Moberly added: "We have valued and appreciated the London Eye since it opened in 2000. It has been good to build on the positive relationship that already exists. The BA London Eye is very committed to supporting the hospital. We really appreciate this and think their staff are wonderful for helping us out."