Cumbrian community urged to go blue in support of NHS 70th birthday

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Cumbrian community urged to go blue in support of NHS 70th birthday

Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2018

Local NHS organisations are urging the community to go blue in support of the National Health Service which turns 70 on 5th July 2018.  Staff, community groups and businesses are being encouraged to show their support by dressing in or decorating their workplaces in blue, holding their own tea party or sharing their memories of the NHS over the last 70 years.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH), Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria NHS Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to celebrate this occasion, along with our partners and the community.

Kath Hughes, Head of Engagement & Communications for CPFT said, “This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to look at the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information, and to thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes.  Throughout the year, there will be a series of events to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, both locally and nationally. We are hoping that the community spirit in Cumbria really gets behind the NHS in its 70th year to celebrate their achievements and great work.”

Confirmed events so far:

Join Unison and the NHS to celebrate on Saturday 7th July

Unison and the NHS are hosting an event in Carlisle City Centre from 10am-2pm with stalls from NHS services, partners and third sector organisations. Come along to find out more about services, how you can improve your health and celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

Give thanks for the NHS at Carlisle Cathedral on Sunday 1st July

A service of celebration and thanksgiving for our NHS locally is being held at Carlisle Cathedral on Sunday 1st July from 6.30pm. The service is open to all staff and members of the public and will be led by the Bishop of Carlisle James Newcome.

Have a cuppa and celebrate with a Big 7Tea party! 

What better way to celebrate one of the nation’s most loved institutions than with a cup of tea. On and around 5 July, people up and down the country will get together to raise a cuppa to our beloved NHS and raise funds for NHS charities. However you choose to celebrate and whichever NHS charity you want to support, you can find everything you need to host the perfect party at |  

“Go blue” for the NHS

Would any local businesses like to show their support for the NHS? Create a health-themed display, host a Big 7Tea party or “go blue” for the day – either wear blue or decorate your place of work! However you want to get involved, let us know what you are planning to do – email|

Cumbria Archive Centre Discovery Evening

Carlisle’s Archive Centre at Lady Gillford`s House is holding an informal drop in session on Tuesday 3rd July for members of the public who have an interest in local history – records and photographs will be available from local hospitals including the Cumberland Infirmary and the former Garlands Asylum, Blencathra Sanatorium, Carlisle City General and City Maternity hospitals. More details will be available on the Cumbria County Council website.

We are still looking for interesting stories from our local communities - we are aiming for 70 NHS stories over 70 days! For example, have you worked in the NHS for a long time and can talk about how things have changed over the years? Were you there at a key moment in the history of the local NHS, such as the opening of a hospital or new service? Has the NHS gone above and beyond to help you or a family member during a period of ill health? Any old photos also welcome! If you have a story to tell, please email|.    

Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of CPFT and NCUH, said “The birth of the National Health Service is an important part of history, and this is a great opportunity to celebrate all the good things about the NHS over the past 70 years, as well as look to the future.

“Our staff are the heart of the NHS, and every week I hear from patients praising the care they’ve received from our fabulous people here in Cumbria. Almost everyone in Cumbria will have used the NHS at some point in their lives, and we would like as many people to get involved in the celebrations as possible.” 

A number of events and activities are being organised locally and nationally to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS this year – find out more here|

Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2018


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