CCG Staff Attend Special Celebration Event to Mark Landmark NHS 70th Anniversary

THREE members of staff at Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group attended a prestigious national celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Chief Nurse Mary Moore, Continuing Health Care Clinical Lead Sally Kass and Home Oxygen Lead Viv Smith were chosen to attend Westminster Abbey on 5 July for the celebration of thanks for NHS staff, patient groups and volunteers who have contributed to the NHS for the last 70 years.

During the ceremony there was an address to the congregation by Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and a reading by Jeremy Hunt, now former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Manchester Arena attack survivor Freya Lewis also thanked the NHS for saving her life and read The Second Testimony with Jenny Grant, Paediatric Critical Care Nurse at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Mary said: “I was so proud to be part of the celebration and represent Trafford. The service struck the right balance of celebration and solemnity of occasion. The special moment of the occasion was the reading by the patient Freya Lewis a survivor of the Manchester Arena Bomb. It brought tears to my eyes to hear her courage and she reminded me of why I am proud to be part of a caring and compassionate NHS.”

Sally said: “It was very moving and I felt very proud to be part of the NHS. Hearing Freya made me feel very humble that we can help people when they most need us.”

Around 3,000 NHS staff from across the country attended the national ceremonies, with another taking place at York Cathedral, alongside representatives of charities, councils, and other key partners who work with the NHS.

Staff at Trafford CCG also celebrated the milestone date on 5 July anniversary by raising a cuppa during an NHS Big7Tea party. Colleagues outdid themselves baking cake creations and generously donating money in exchange for the tasty treats, which raised £160 for Trafford Hospital Charity.

Medical Director Dr Mark Jarvis attended the unveiling by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of a blue plaque to commemorate the first National Health Service hospital at Trafford General.

Corporate Director of Commissioning Sara Radcliffe attended the unveiling of the Urmston Mural by Kate Green MP at Victoria Parade, Urmston.

Communications & Engagement Specialist Tracy Clarke also attended two community events and hosted stalls at Party in the Park, in Golden Hill Park in Urmston, and Trafford Live at Trafford Town Hall.

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