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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 a Manager.

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 My Friends’.  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 All Around’ 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.

Gillian Oldfield



Our Fund Raising Coffee Morning was held at Starbeck Methodist Church on Saturday 20th November and was very well attended by Branch Members, our local MP, Andrew Jones (right), residents of Starbeck and members of the Friends of Harrogate Hospital who also had a stand selling jigsaws, Christmas cards and mugs.

We raised a total of £363.85 from selling refreshments, £87.35, Books, £25.00, Home Made Cakes £114.30, and Santa’s Surplus £108.20.

We were very fortunate that the weather was fine and it was an enjoyable occasion with attendees meeting up with their friends.

Gillian Oldfield



100 members and friends were very pleased to be able to return to The Old Swan Hotel for our annual Christmas Lunch. Everyone arrived in good time to enjoy the atmosphere and to check on the table plan for the dining room.

The dining room was very festive (right) with decorations and a large Christmas tree. The table with the raffle prizes was laden with gifts of all shapes and sizes – a good omen for the draw!

Our guest was Steve Russell, CEO of the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust, (right, below) and he was welcomed by Sheila Jones, who had organised the lunch, Mary Bradley, our President and Heather Newby, our Chairman.

The meal was very enjoyable and Steve Russell gave a short address which was much appreciated.

The draw for the raffle was then eagerly awaited by everyone and many people were the recipients of a prize.

We eventually made our way home feeling very glad that we had been able to attend such an enjoyable occasion.


Gillian Oldfield