Heart warming poem written by NFRS staff member


District Engagement and Partnership officer Jag Hayer has shared a heart-warming poem with the Service.

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Many of us have been moved to show our support and appreciation for the NHS and other key workers during the coronavirus pandemic and District Engagement and Partnership Officer Jag Hayer is no exception.

Jag, who joined the Service at the beginning of February 2020, having previously worked in Selective Licensing (Nottingham City Council) and many years with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, put pen to paper to write a poem after witnessing two NHS nurses visiting an elderly neighbour during Thursday evening’s ‘clap for carers’. She also showed her gratitude for the work they do by leaving a box of chocolates on their car windscreen while they tended their poorly patient.

Jag said: “I have been having horrid nightmares of late and struggling to sleep; so yesterday evening, after going out to clap for the NHS, carers and key workers, it was timely that two nurses pulled up to attend to my poorly next door neighbour who had had a recent stay in hospital.

“They were very moved by the clapping, and soon disappeared to tend to their patient. I quietly nipped to their car and left a huge box of Thornton’s chocolates on the windscreen. It was fortunate I was drawing the bedroom blinds when I saw them return to their car and they looked up to see me – the emotion that was transferred, silently from them to me was priceless.

“They were blowing me kisses and shaping hearts with their hands and putting their hands together and mouthing ‘thank you’ – and I was doing the same back.

“That night, instead of being drawn to the news or WhatsApp messages of the devastation coronavirus is leaving behind, I thought I would focus my mind on expressing some thoughts that were in my head and heart following this self-distancing, and yet very powerful exchange of humanity.”

Jag’s poem, Angels, sums up the thoughts and feelings of many of us at this difficult time. You can read it here.

Another member of staff, Mansfield District Manager Andy Turner, was also moved to show his gratitude for the work of the NHS by creating a beautiful message with the blossom in his garden (pictured above). Our thanks to both Andy and Jag for sharing their thoughts and messages with us.

Do you have a story or picture that captures your thoughts, feelings or experience of these challenging and unprecedented times? Contact us at corporatecomms@notts-fire.co.uk 


As a little girl I longed for an angel to see

I skipped around the garden, peeped between the rose bush and the buzzing bee

I even climbed the higgledy-piggledy apple tree

But an angel never presented to me


I knew angels protected and guided human beings

I knew they worked powerfully, yet seldom were they seen

But as a little girl I prayed that one day

An angel would appear, and an angel I would see


It was no until I turned 30 and pregnant with my son

That my prayers were soon to be answered, and the mystery would be undone

As 16 weeks of prematurity my little boy did arrive

There was panic, there was shock, yet it was because of angels that he did survive


The angels worked powerfully, and with thankful gratitude were always to be seen

They worked so seamlessly, a perfect human machine

They looked like you and me, but had this amazing gift

To provide treatment, support and care, and for hearts and minds to uplift


The angels did us proud, as we came home with our baby boy

Who twenty-two years on, has brought us great love and joy

I believe in angels, I saw them with my eyes

They are always late to bed, and often early to rise


We had just started 2020 and life was looking good

But then struck Covid-19 pandemic, which changed the global mood

Panic, fear spread, and anxieties were at a high

Coronavirus worked silently, and it took far too many lives

Social distancing is what we were told to do;

Wash you hands thoroughly, whilst humming 'Happy Birthday' to you

Self isolating, or shielding, it was for some

Most were required to do their work, from their very home


It was now time for all the angels to come out and be

The saviours of the global nations and work tirelessly

Their great dedication, and daily selfless acts

Here in the UK, every Thursday 8pm, we come out and CLAP


I pray that our angels are protected through all of this

Their resilience and commitment, we cannot dismiss

Now everyone can see angels they are not a mystery

They are mothers and fathers, son and daughters; they look just like you and me





- Jag Hayer

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