SERVICE IN YORK MINSTER TO CELEBRATE 70 YEARS OF THE NHS
Four members of the Yorkshire Region were fortunate to obtain tickets for the Service
held on 5 July and they joined Ken Jarrold, our Patron, outside the Minster. The
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band were playing as we waited for the Service to
start. Our host for the evening was Linda Nolan (of the Nolan Sisters) who had had
treatment for cancer. The first speaker was Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health
& Social Care and he was followed by Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust staff choir.
Maisie Saunders a former nurse gave an interesting account of her career – arriving
from Jamaica at 19, eventually training to be a nurse and working her way up to becoming
We sang ‘Make Me a Channel of your Peace’ and then listened to the Lewisham & Greenwich
NHS Choir who sang ‘With a Little Help From MyFriends’. Ian Dalton CBE. Chief Executive
of NHS Improvement was followed by the congregation singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
A young man of 22 then spoke about being a carer for his father who developed Bipolar
disorder when he was 13 and how he has gone on to found Imagine Bradford which helps
young people with mental health problems. We sang ‘Love is AllAround’ and then heard
from a girl aged 15 who was seriously hurt in the Manchester bomb attack and now
wants to become a nurse specialising in the treatment of burns. The B Positive Choir
sang which was followed by us singing ‘Lean on Me’. The Service ended with an address
by Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England. After leaving the service I personally
felt extremely privileged to having been able to present on this occasion in the
wonderful surroundings of York Minster.
FUND RAISING COFFEE MORNING
20 OCTOBER 2018
It was decided that, in order to raise money to help to pay for the increase in Branch
Contribution for membership of the NHS Retirement Fellowship, we would hold an additional
Coffee Morning in Starbeck Methodist Church Hall. We were very pleased that Andrew
Jones, our M.P. was able to join us and he chatted to many of the attendees. Tea,
coffee and biscuits were served and the cake and preserves table was laden with all
types of cakes, biscuits, scones and buns. There was a variety of books to choose
from on our book stall.
The raffle prizes were varied: Afternoon Tea for two at The Old Swan Hotel, a Meal
Deal for two from Marks & Spencer’s, vouchers for Graveley’s Fish Resataurant and
William & Victoria’s Wine Bar, a voucher for Lakeland and several other prizes. This
resulted in a great deal of interest and it was drawn at 11.00am. In total £446.00
was raised so it was considered that it had been a very enjoyable and successful
CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2018
106 of our members, partners and friends were welcomed by our Chairman, Mary Bradley,
to The Garden Room at The Old Swan Hotel which looked very festive with a decorated
Christmas Tree in the corner and the tables laid out with crackers and streamers.
Our guest, Angela Schofield, Chairman of the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation
Trust, then said a few words of appreciation for her invitation to the lunch. The
meal was served in a suitably leisurely style and whilst tea and coffee were served,
the raffle was drawn. Members had been very generous by donating prizes so this took
some time! Everyone then made their way home and the consensus of opinion was that
it had been a very enjoyable occasion and a good start to the Christmas season.