Iconic landmarks and buildings across Yorkshire and the Humber will be lighting up in blue on the evening of July 5 to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to the NHS and to recognise its special place in our lives.
As well as lighting up landmarks, events are being organised by and for staff, hospital trusts and healthcare organisations to mark the seventieth birthday in style.
Just some of the landmarks confirmed to turn blue so far include:
Wainhouse Tower in Halifax, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, York Minster, Leeds First Direct Arena, Leeds Civic Hall, Big Screen at Millennium Square, Leeds, Xscape, Castleford, Bridgewater Place, Leeds, Margaret McMillan Tower, Bradford, Mirror Pool, Bradford, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Wakefield Town Hall Clock Tower.
People are encouraged to take photos and share them via social media using the hashtags: #NHS70 and #LightUpBlue.
Tea will be at the centre of many events as NHS organisations, as well as the general public, will be holding ‘NHS Big 7Tea’ celebrations.
The public can help directly by volunteering, supporting their local NHS charity or by giving blood.
NHS England’s Medical Director in Yorkshire and the Humber, Paul Twomey, said: “It is clear from the support we have had with regards to NHS 70 that everyone is really getting behind all the activities planned in Yorkshire and the Humber.
“The NHS is something to be proud of, for those who work within it and for those who benefit from the services provided and I am sure the celebrations taking place will be a reflection of this pride and the affection we all have for this great organisation.
“I hope everyone will join in the celebrations and take photographs of and selfies with the lit up buildings and share using #LightUpBlue.”
Six ways to join in the NHS 70 celebrations and support the NHS going forward
*Hold a Big 7 Tea Party: https://www.nhsbig7tea.co.uk/plan-a-party
*Give blood and join the Organ Donor Register to help save lives – call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23
*Volunteer for and support NHS charities
*Take care of yourself and make a pledge to use NHS services wisely
*Work for the NHS
*Get involved in research projects