Moorfields celebrates 70th anniversary of the NHS

Moorfields celebrates the landmark 70th anniversary of the NHS, with staff attending a national service at Westminster Abbey and Moorfields Eye Charity hosting a bake-off with Michel Roux Jr.

David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital, Angela Smith, chief executive of Friends of Moorfields, and Flossie Donovan, senior play specialist and Moorfields Eye Charity champion, were among thousands of NHS staff who attended a prestigious national celebration to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The celebration, which took place at Westminster Abbey on the NHS’ 70th birthday on 5 July 2018 paid tribute to NHS staff and patients who have contributed to the health service over the last 70 years. Around 3,000 NHS staff from across the country attended the national ceremonies in both London and York, alongside representatives of charities, councils, and other key partners who work with the NHS.

Sir Malcolm Grant, NHS England chairman, said: “The NHS’ 1.5m staff work hard every day to keep the people of this country well and they deserve to be celebrated. We want to say a huge thank you for all the hard work and extra effort our staff have contributed over the last 70 years – without you we wouldn’t be the world class service we are today.”

Moorfields Eye Charity hosted a Moorfields Tea bake-off event at the Richard Desmond Childrens Eye Centre with special guest, Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr, judging the contestants cakes. Staff from across the trust and the charity baked sweet and savory delights to fundraise and celebrate the momentous occasion. 

Michel Roux Jr had the difficult task of selecting a winner, and called upon Chris Pointon, from the #hellomynameis campaign, to support with the decision. The winner was Moorfields nurse, Helen Hancock, who baked a Mary Berry chocolate cake.

Celebrations for the NHS milestone birthday are continuing to take place up and down the country over the next week, recognising the achievements of the NHS over the last seven decades. Staff celebrations will be shining a light on the staff who are there to support and care for patients every day. Moorfields Eye Charity are continuing the celebrations with the Moorfields Tea event, which invites people to get involved throughout the summer by hosting a tea to raise funds for Moorfields Eye Hospital.

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