Health staff see out the NHS’s 70th year in seasonal style

Communications TeamNews

Sixty-five health workers will perform at Hull Minster this week to celebrate the festive season and give thanks for 70 years of the NHS.

Staff from local health organisations including Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Humber NHS Foundation Trust and City Health Care Partnership will lead a special Christmas Concert on the evening of Wednesday 19th December.

Midwives, doctors, nurses, mental health workers and administrative staff will be among those singing songs linked to the nature of their work, including ‘People, Help the People’ to mark the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service.

There will also be a number of readings from health staff and traditional carols for the congregation to join in with.

Lucy Vere, Head of Organisational Development at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was one of the original founders of the NHS choir and will be among those performing at the Minster. She says:

“This will be the Hull NHS Choir’s biggest performance so far, and that seems only fitting at the end of what has been a very special year for the NHS.

“Working in health can be very demanding and stressful at times, so singing is a great way of bringing staff and colleagues together and it can be incredibly therapeutic.

“At this time of year, it’s important to reflect and give thanks for what we have. The NHS does amazing things, and we all consider ourselves very lucky to be able to play a part in improving the lives of others.

“We hope people will join us in our special festive celebration and show their appreciation for hard-working healthcare staff, many of whom will be sacrificing some of their own time with family this Christmas to care for patients and their families.”

The Christmas Concert at Hull Minster is open to all and is free to attend, no tickets required. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:15pm start on Wednesday 19 December.

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Photo: Victor de Jesus, York Minster, 5 July 2018.