The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. Here at Basildon and Brentwood CCG we are marking the occasion by celebrating the achievements of the NHS, including advances in science, technology and information, and paying tribute to the extraordinary NHS staff who work tirelessly to provide care and support for everyone.
2018 will be a year of celebrating and we can all get involved with supporting the NHS during its special birthday year. Whether it's organising a community or workplace event, raising money for local NHS charities, or sharing your stories about the NHS and its heroes, we'd like you to get involved.
Here are just some of the ways you can help us celebrate this year.
Sharing your stories
Can you remember the beginnings of the NHS? Did you come from overseas to work in the NHS? Have you been a porter, a radiographer, a surgeon, a cleaner or held any other post in the NHS? Do you have a long term medical condition treated by the NHS?
There are also national projects which you can get involved in: NHS at 70 is collecting stories and memorabilia to form a digital archive for future generations. The People’s History of the NHS is a website where you can share your recollections of the NHS, find out about public events, visit the project’s ‘virtual museum’ and ‘People’s Encyclopaedia of the NHS’.
Host an NHS Big 7 Tea party
Join us in raising a cuppa to our beloved NHS by hosting a Big 7Tea Party at your home, school, workplace, garden, street – anywhere! The NHS celebrates its birthday on Thursday 5 July and you can hold your party on or around that date to suit your plans. You could raise money for NHS charities helping your local hospital, or another healthcare cause that is close to your heart.
However you choose to celebrate and whichever NHS or health charity you want to support, you can register for a resource pack which will provide you with everything you need to host the perfect party. Register for your resource pack at nhsbig7tea.co.uk
Volunteers from all walks of life have made a huge contribution to the NHS, so why not join them and volunteer for a local NHS service this year?
Volunteering in health and care is a rewarding way to use your spare time. As well as helping the NHS to enhance the experience patients receive, you can gain new skills, make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing.
To learn about volunteering opportunities in your local NHS, as well as other health and care organisations that support the NHS, visit www.do-it.org.
The NHS UK website includes more information about volunteering.
Donate 1000 miles
If you're looking to get more active this year, why not pledge 1000 miles to the NHS? Whether its running, walking, swimming or cycling you can clock up some serious miles to improve your health and wellbeing – which is great for the NHS! Please click here to find out more.
If you'd like to find out more about how you can get involved with the NHS 70 celebrations, please visit the NHS 70 website.