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Trusts Celebrate the NHS at 72

10th July 2020

The 5th of July 2020 was the 72nd Anniversary of our brilliant National Health Service and in the past few months, everyone has been taking part in Clap for Carers every Thursday for both Medical and Non-Medical NHS staff; as well as all inspirational front-line key workers.

Illustration by Daisy Crossley


It’s no surprise, therefore, that NHS Trusts up and down the country along with the Prime Minister and members of public wanted to come together and give the ‘biggest thank you ever’ for not just the last few months, but for the ‘birth’ of the NHS in 1948. The Welsh Health Secretary at the time, Aneurin Bevan, who founded the NHS described it as a “great and novel undertaking”, and how right he was.

During the recent birthday celebrations, we saw our own winners and nominees also take part in the celebrations.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) who are both previous nominees and winners held many activities across their Trust to give the ‘biggest thank you ever.’

One of their activities included a CHFT Time capsule in which they plan to bury important items that future generations can find and learn about what the Trust experienced during the COVID Pandemic.


CHFT with a hamper for the 72nd NHS Anniversary given from Morrisons


The Trust also offered colleagues a chance to celebrate by sharing messages of thanks and well wishes using their newly designed ‘One Culture of Care’ birthday card for the occasion, featuring the rainbow design by Daisy Crossley. The card can be sent either to a CHFT colleague, a fellow key worker or a member of their local community who has gone above and beyond during the Pandemic.

Another gesture the Trust made was called ‘Wishing Trees’ in which each main entrance was decorated with items they had received, such as knitted hearts, scrub bags and messages from the text donations sent as part of Clap For Carers.

Sue Laycock, Personal Assistant to Chief Operating Officer, Helen Barker, wrote in the most recent CHFT newsletter: “This is our moment to say ‘thank you’ for everyone who has been there for us and shown one culture of care in everything that they’ve done.”


Fundraising Manager, Emma, decorating the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary tree


Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were another Trust to take part in the Birthday celebration, and highlighted on their website other national activities taking place. These included, putting a light such as a candle, lamp or torch in a window or on a doorstep, to remember all those lost on the eve of the anniversary. There was also the biggest, loudest and final ‘clap for carers and key workers’ at noon on the 72nd Anniversary and also lighting up National UK landmarks in blue to recognise the anniversary

These activities were put together by the Together Coalition, headed-up by Brendan Cox, widower of MP Jo Cox, to focus on celebrating the NHS and say “thank you” for a ‘renewed sense of community spirit.’

Bradford Teaching Hospitals have been promoting activities online and recently posted a video on Twitter of staff clapping while socially distanced. 

Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities together and judge at our most recent Awards took to Twitter to share her sentiments by saying “Happy birthday” and “thank you.”

If there is one thing that the NHS’ Birthday weekend has proved: it’s that there really is a strong sense of community spirit and that our country will always care about and protect the NHS and all its workers.

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Lily Harrison, Content Writer at Unsung Hero Awards