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The NHS is Turning 70

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.


Can you remember the beginnings of the NHS or know someone who was treated in 1948? Have generations of your family worked for the NHS or for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust? In celebration of the NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018 we would love to hear your stories of the NHS and the Trust and see any old photos you have. To share your story and photos please email d.morrow@nhs.net


Stories and photos shared with us will be available on our Facebook and Twitter pages: @DarentValleyHsp


Hosting your own NHS70 Tea Party

On and around 5 July, people up and down the country will get together to raise a cuppa to the NHS and raise funds for NHS charities. You too can organise your very own tea party in support of our hospital charity "Valley Hospital Charity".

This could simply be inviting some friends or family round for a cup of tea, or organising something at a larger scale. To help you plan your tea party, there are resources available on the NHS Big Tea party website: https://nhsbig7tea.co.uk/

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Schools / Organisation Fancy Dress Day

Your school or organisation could hold a Fancy Dress Day on the 5th July where everyone can dress in something medical or NHS related or their NHS Hero. For the privilege of wearing the fancy dress they could make a small donation to the our Valley Hospital Charity where all of the money raised goes towards patient care.

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Join the NHS70 Park Run

To help mark the NHS’s 70th birthday, the NHS has teamed up with parkrun UK to jointly host an NHS70 parkrun day on Saturday 9 June. More information can be found at: https://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/get-involved/nhs-health-and-care-organisations/nhs-70-parkrun/


You can find out more about NHS70 by visiting: www.nhs70.nhs.uk or follow regular updates on Twitter #NHS70