September 8th 2016

Reserves Day 2016 round up

Reservists at Leicestershire County Council

People and businesses across the East Midlands have been showing their appreciation for the Reserve Forces as part of Reserves Day on Thursday 8 September.

The former ‘Uniform to Work Day’ returned with a bang and a number of reservists and their employers got involved  across the region through a variety of events.

  • Maj Kenny Thompson_Kings Mill Hospital_Reserves Day press release_editThose that wore their uniform to work included Major Kenny Thompson, an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Emergency Medicine at King’s Mill Hospital and a member of 212 Field Hospital based in Sheffield. The 54-year-old said: “Explaining more about why he wanted to take part in the event, Kenny said: “I feel a sense of duty to promote the Reserve Forces and provide as much background information as I can to others who may be thinking of joining the Army Reserve. The Reserve Forces have so much to offer, and you can take part in a variety of clinical courses that are transferable to the NHS that can help you to strengthen your clinical diversity.”
  • Jane ThompsonAt Ashfield Community Hospital, Advanced Podiatrist (Diabetes) Sergeant Jane Thompson donned her uniform. Jane, who is part of the 212 Field Hospital in Beeston, said: “Reservists are just ordinary people but each has the opportunity to achieve amazing things as their learning and training develops.”


  • Reserves Dinner at QMCThe Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust held a special dinner to thank and acknowledge the service of their employees who also volunteer in the Armed Forces. Dr Peter Homa, Chief Executive of NUH, said: “The annual dinner that we host for our reservist staff members and their chosen guests is always a very humbling experience. It is a great pleasure to speak with colleagues who have made the very special commitment to serve their country.”
  • Councillor Ian Campbell, Armed Forces Champion at Nottinghamshire County Council, is a RAF Reservist proudly wore his uniform to work and said: “When I was younger I joined up as a regular but had to come out because of injury. My original intention was to go back in but I enjoyed my job so much, I decided to go back in part-time as a reservist, which gives me the best of both worlds.”The rewarding aspect of being a local councillor is knowing that I’m helping my local community and similarly, as a reservist, it’s about knowing that I’m helping our country. It’s great that I can combine both roles that I enjoy.”
  • HMS Sherwood reservist Tristan KingAble Seaman Tristan King wore his uniform at Outwood Academy Newbold in Chesterfield where he works as a teaching and learning assistant, as well as serving part-time with HMS Sherwood. He said: “I’d certainly encourage anyone up for a challenge to join the Reserve Forces, I’ve met some great friends and continue to develop skills that can be transferred in to my civilian workplace.”
  • louise-mathie-6Sergeant Louise Mathie of Nottingham based 162 Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps went to work as a solicitor at Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. She said: “I enjoy my job with the council but it is very desk based. Being a reserve has allowed me to participate in all kinds of physical activities I couldn’t otherwise.
  • reservists-day-080916 Leicestershire County Council hosted a recruitment fair at it’s County Hall base where its staff and NHS staff were able to speak to 10 local units about what the reserves do.

View our full gallery of pictures from Reserves Day 2016 here 

“I feel a sense of duty to promote the Reserve Forces and provide as much background information as I can to others who may be thinking of joining the Army Reserve. "