Staff at Epsom-St Helier NHS Hospitals knelt recently in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement amid ongoing protests support their cause.

On Friday (June 19) the hospital tweeted an image of a number of staff at the hospital kneeling in a display of solidarity for the BLM movement that demands racial justice and an end to police brutality.

“Our Chief Exec wrote a moving piece in his weekly message about Black Lives Matter today, including the quote below about taking the knee,” a spokesperson for the hospitals posted to Twitter, referencing CEO Daniel Elkeles who was among those kneeling in the picture.

Others in the photo included Chief Nurse Arlene Wellman and other executives at the NHS University Hospital Trusts.

“We are hosting a number of events to make sure we as an organisation can strive to be anti-racist in all that we do,” the spokesperson added.

Black Lives Matter was first coined as a slogan after the aquittal of the man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2013.

Recently a huge wave protests under the slogan began in the US and spread to other countries after the killing of African American man George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota on May 25.Protests in support of Black Lives Matter have swept the UK in recent weeks, with the largest demonstrations in London being joined by others including marches in Kingston and New Malden.