“Healthcare heroes” were celebrated at an annual awards ceremony this month.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust staff were commended for “going the extra mile” at a ceremony held at the Gateway, in Aylesbury, where the winners strutted their stuff on a catwalk with live music.

Individuals and teams were recognised for delivering safe and compassionate care for patients in hospitals and across local communities.

Wycombe Hospital’s day nursery won the Support Services Ambassador Award. The nursey was found to have gone “above and beyond” to allow staff to fulfil additional shifts in times of “great demand”.

The trust said the nursery’s commitment to improving facilities outside of working hours was “greatly appreciated” by the families.

And the early pregnancy loss support group and maternity volunteer Holly Byrne received a joint award for volunteer of the year.

The support group was set up to provide families experiencing pregnancy loss and, in spite of a traumatic birth, Holly turned her negative experience into a positive learning opportunity for midwives, helping staff understand the importance of effective communications to patients.

And the lifetime achievement award was given to Larry Benjamin, a consultant in ophthalmology.

Trust CEO Neil Macdonald said: “Congratulations to all our finalists – the stories I heard that evening, the lengths to which people go to provide exceptional care, were moving and inspiring.

“I am incredibly proud of our winners and of all our staff who work hard day in, day out to care for the people of Buckinghamshire and beyond.”