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Preparations underway for Saturday's NHS birthday party

Created on 11/07/2018 @ 13:44
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Preparations for next Saturday’s celebration of the 70th birthday of the NHS are well underway in Town Park, Newtown.

The free event, organised by the local Labour Party, will include live music, stalls, speakers, balloons, birthday cake and games for the kids plus a children’s NHS fancy dress competition. It is taking place between 1pm and 5pm.

"In Llanidloes there was a market stall last Saturday telling people about the event, warning about Future Fit and also inviting people to tell us what difference the NHS has meant to them in their lives.

“We have been astounded by the response and the stories people have told us,” said a spokesperson.

“Some of the people talking to us remember the NHS coming into being in 1948 and the relief of their parents that they no longer had to worry about the cost of health care and did not have to weigh up whether they could afford to get help if they were ill.”

In Welshpool, members gave out leaflets in the street and had some great conversations with residents and visitors alike about the NHS. We were also showing people our huge Birthday Card which we will be inviting people to sign next Saturday in Newtown.

Gillian Blackburn, Constituency Chair said, “The NHS has its roots in Wales, was founded by Labour and for 70 years it has been very close to the public’s heart. It has been there for us at some of the hardest times and some of the happiest times in our lives.

"On Saturday afternoon, we invite you to bring a picnic, bring the family and friends and spend an afternoon celebrating the 70th Birthday of the NHS together. We particularly welcome healthcare workers and their families. We want to tell you all how much the work you do every day means to all of us and what a difference you make every day.”

“We think the NHS is worth celebrating. For 70 years we have not had to worry about whether we have enough money in the family purse when a child is sick, when a parent becomes ill or when we give birth. The NHS has provided a service, free at the point of need for all.

"We have seen huge medical advances, investment in new equipment, techniques and fabulous staff who have developed the NHS from the post war service it was to the service it is today.”

Photo: Lauren Guttridge, Ben Gwalchmai and Bill Johnson in Welshpool

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