Surprise pop-up party for Spalding hero Sister Sally

Ben and Sally Brown party with colleagues.
Ben and Sally Brown party with colleagues.
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A department sister at Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital was given the surprise of her life with a pop-up party on Tuesday in celebration of her work in the NHS.

Sally Brown (43), who works in the outpatients ward, was given the treat in recognition of everyday heroes in the community, courtesy of pork pie manufacturer Pork Farms.

Sally was one of five lucky winners shortlisted from hundreds of nominations to win a complete party set up to celebrate with her family and friends.

She said: “ Well, I’m in total shock. I was supposed to be going for a meal with a friend, so this was completely not what I was expecting at all, but very very much appreciated and thank you to Teresa for the lovely nomination. 

“I’m honestly really touched and really surprised this evening. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, even more so I can’t quite believe that Teresa managed to keep it quiet for this long.

“It’s a really nice honour to receive this award and to receive the recognition for the work that I do. I enjoy making my team happy and making sure my team are supported, so thank you again.” 

Colleague and nominator, Teresa Sheriff (51), who also works at the Johnson Hospital, said: “The reason I nominated Sally is because she does an awful lot for the town itself and everyone around her.

“She puts herself second to her department at work, the people of Spalding, everyone, and it’s about time she feels appreciated and it’s nice to say thank you where thank yous are deserved. And to be honest the fact that everyone here has kept their mouths zipped in preparation for this surprise is a miracle. Not only do I respect Sally as my Sister but I love her as a friend.”

Kim Burgess, head of markets for Pork Farms, said: “It’s great to be able to give something back to our consumers and what better way than an outdoor party with great British food, surrounded by friends and family?

“We’ve had some amazing nominations and we are really proud of our winners, showing there are some very remarkable people really deserving of a celebration with their friends and family.”

The national campaign, that launched in May, gave UK residents the chance to thank their everyday hero by nominating them to receive a surprise pop-up party and Sally was finally chosen as one of the lucky five, whittled down from a shortlist of 25, to be surprised with the Pork Farms van and a whole spread of Pork Farms products.

The five winning parties were visited in their local area as part of a week-long tour around the UK between July 4 and 8. To see Sally’s pop-up party, watch her video here:

To see all the videos and photos from all the parties visit