NHS70: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) organised several  events to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS this summer.

Donate 1,000 miles to the NHS

Staff from the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have pledged to donate thousands of miles of exercise and physical activity to the NHS this year.

Staff members hope to improve their health by taking part in regular physical activity throughout 2018 as a collective birthday present to the NHS, which turned 70 on 5 July. 

They will be logging miles earned from regular activity – walking, running, cycling, swimming or other activity (everything counts) – and will also participate in a series of specially organised sport activities, including gym challenges, group walks and more.

Click here to find out how you can get involved.

Vale of York employers support the NHS by encouraging staff to sign healthy pledges

Some of the Vale of York’s major employers have been encouraging their staff to support the NHS by signing healthy pledges.

Their staff have been invited to complete the CCG’s NHS70 pledge cards to do something positive to improve their health and wellbeing. Pledges can be as broad or as specific as they like.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER), formerly Virgin Trains East Coast, were the first organisation to take the opportunity to join forces with the CCG, hosting an event at York Station where staff members signed pledge cards and wrote goodwill messages in the CCG’s giant NHS70 birthday card.

Dr Nigel Wells, the CCG’s Clinical Chair, said: “It’s really encouraging that LNER London North Eastern Railway (LNER), a major employer in the Vale of York, is encouraging its staff to make pledges to adopt healthier lifestyles and supporting them to do so.

“It’s no secret that being physically active and eating a balanced diet can help you live a healthier and happier life, while the changes you make need not be huge in order to have a positive outcome on your health and wellbeing.”

5 July NHS70 birthday celebration

The CCG held a 1940s-themed event to celebrate 70 years of the NHS on 5 July and everyone was invited to celebrate.

To mark the 70th birthday of the NHS on Thursday 5 July, the CCG hosted a 1940s-themed celebration between 1pm and 3pm in the reception at West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.

Members of the public were invited along to join in with the celebrations, which included food, music and other attractions. Click here for more information.

Join our NHS70 community bus tour

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and its partners wanted to engage with the local community about their health and wellbeing.

The NHS70 double-decker bus visted various sites in York, Selby and Easingwold over several weeks, and members of the public were invited to come along to receive healthcare advice, learn more about health check-ups or just to chat.

The bus visited the following venues:

  • York - 1 June (9.30am to 1.30 pm) at Parliament Square and (2.30pm to 3.30pm) in Acomb Front Street
  • Easingwold - 15 June (10am to 12pm) in the town centre
  • York Monks Cross - 15 June (1.30pm to 3pm)
  • Selby - 18 June (10am to 2pm) in Selby town centre

For more information click here.

What did our public pledge to do?

To view what our population pledged click here for full verbatim comments and a summary of activities.

Sign our giant NHS70 birthday card

The NHS, one of Britain’s most treasured institutions, turned 70 on 5 July and the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) created a 4ft high birthday card to mark the occasion.

In the weeks leading up to the 70th birthday, the birthday card toured all four corners of the Vale of York so people could sign their names or write their messages to express what the NHS means to them and their families.

The card’s first public appearance took place (Friday 1 June) in Parliament Street in York city centre between 9.30am and 1pm, before moving on to Acomb (Front Street) between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Members of the public were also able to sign the card in the foyer at West Offices, Station Rise on Monday 11 June between 10am and 2pm.

The card visited Easingwold (15 June) and Selby (18 June), before rounding off its journey across the Vale of York at the CCG’s 1940s-themed NHS70 birthday party at West Offices in York city centre on 5 July.

The card also visited several other locations across the city and the Vale of York during June. Check out this page, or the CCG's Twitter account @ValeofYorkCCG, for more details.

For more information click here

Other events

The CCG organised plenty of events throughout the Vale of York to mark this special occasion.

Event Date Venue
NHS70 Tea Party (led by Explore York) 4 July (2.30 to 3.30pm) York Explore Library 
NHS70 Tea Party (led by Explore York)                                            4 July (10:30am to 12pm)        Tang Hall Library 
NHS70 Tea Party (led by Explore York) 5 July (12.30 to 2pm) Acomb Library
NHS70 Tea Party (led by Explore York) 5 July (2.30 to 3.30pm) Clifton Library 
NHS70 and fundraising day (led by Friends of Selby Hospital) 7 July (1.30 to 4pm) Selby War Memorial Hospital, Doncaster Road, Selby

For more information, visit: www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70

Check out of Twitter and YouTube channels for more information and coverage of our NHS70 events.