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Happy 72nd Birthday to the NHS

Sunday 5 July 2020 is the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the NHS.

When it comes to healthcare and our wellbeing as a nation, there’s no doubt that 2020 has been one of the most difficult years many of us will experience in our lifetime.

Each week we are graced with stories of remarkable NHS staff and other key workers who have kept us safe, persisted despite danger and went over and above their call of duty.  Whilst celebrating these stories and the individuals who make them, we also remember the many key workers and health care providers who have lost heir lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Sunday (5 July) marks the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the NHS.  To help celebrate this day and acknowledge the incredibly difficult year our key workers have experienced so far, there will be a special nationwide #ClapForOurCarers at 5.00pm.

Annemarie Plas, the founder of the Thursday night #ClapForOurCarers which ran for 10 consecutive weeks throughout the pandemic, is also supporting this national initiative.  She says:

“Uniting, coming together and the acknowledgement that we need each other is something we need more than ever.”

To mark the event, the Radcliffe Orchestra, which comprises of many front line healthcare professionals, has also released a special remote performance of ‘Nimrod’ from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar.

The orchestra would normally play a live concert in June, but instead,  have created an online performance to raise funds for Oxford Hospitals Charity and other charities.  You can watch the video of ‘Nimrod’ on the OUH YouTube channel as well as donate via the Orchestra’s JustGiving page.

Professor Meghana Pandit, Chief Medical Officer of Oxford University Hospitals, says:

“The 72nd anniversary of the NHS is an opportunity for us to pay tribute to the many people whose efforts have supported us through this extremely challenging period.  We have been immensely touched by the kindness and generosity of our partners and our community, and would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of them.”

In advance of the anniversary, on Saturday 4 Julypeople are being encouraged to put lights in their windows, in remembrance of the tens of thousands of people who have lost their lives to COVID-19, and some public buildings across the UK will be illuminated with blue light.

Photo by Guillermo Latorre on Unsplash

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