NHS birthday celebrations are huge success

A 70-year-old from Branton did the honours, cutting the cake to signal the start of the NHS’ 70th birthday in Doncaster.

Alan Fiddler, who was born on the same day as the NHS – 5 July 1948 – went along to Woodfield Park, formerly St Catherine’s, off Tickhill Road, Balby, to join in the 70th celebrations with all of the NHS organisations who work across the borough.

Nurses, doctors and other staff from Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (DCCG), Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (DBTH) and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) joined forces to mark the milestone and were joined by Rosie Winterton, MP.

Alan said: “It was a pleasure to officially open the celebrations. The weather was excellent and so many people came along to join in.”

The NHS 70 event was part of the Flourish Enterprises summer fair. Flourish Enterprises is a social enterprise and provides work and vocational opportunities to people who need support to get back into education or employment.

There was fun for all ages at the event, and The Seventh Day Adventist Church football team scooped the top prize in the highly competitive five-a-side football tournament.

Dr David Crichton ,Chairman of DCCG, said: “It was an excellent summer fair to mark the NHS’ 70th birthday. I want to thank everyone who attended to make this event so special. I also want to thank all of the NHS staff who volunteered their time to help us to mark the milestone and also for their hard work and commitment in their day to day work which makes the NHS the success it is.”

Cake cutting: Alan Fiddler (70) did the honours cutting the NHS 70 birthday cake surrounded by nurses from RDaSH and DBTH.

Fun in the Flourish Enterprises garden, Sue Meakin is pictured with daughter Evie (8), of Harlington, in the giant deckchair.

The proud winners of the highly sought after five-a-side football trophy, the Seventh Day Adventist Church football team, are pictured with Rosie Winterton MP.