Did you know that, on average, 1.4 million people rely on the National Health Service every single day? That’s a staggering statistic and one that proves just how vital this beloved institution is to the residents of the United Kingdom. It’s also one of many reasons why the NHS is the largest client of Medacs Healthcare. So when the 70th anniversary of this cherished colossus rolled around, we here at Medacs Healthcare thought it essential to celebrate.
The NHS is envied the world over, so a couple of paper hats and party poppers simply would not do. Instead, we banded together in an effort to really show how important the NHS is to each and every one of us; after all, it’s not every day you turn into a septuagenarian.
To celebrate, each member of the Medacs Healthcare family of healthcare professionals currently working within the NHS was presented with a specially designed, hand-written thank you card. While NHS70 greetings cards, commemorative mugs, fun-packed party boxes, cupcakes and personalised pens were delivered to our family of NHS clients. Fundraising tea parties (NHS Big 7Tea) were also thrown across Medacs Healthcare offices, and staff were encouraged to bake to their heart’s desire in an effort to raise money for worthy NHS charities.
The celebration in numbers:
In addition to the NHS-themed thrills and spills, the ‘#MyNHSStory’ campaign was also launched. The idea was for multiple audiences – staff, candidates, clients and social media followers – to submit their personal stories about the NHS. The response was incredible. Each tale plucked at the heartstrings, while some literally moved readers to tears. As a gesture of thanks, Medacs Healthcare donated £100 on behalf of every story submitted to an NHS charity of the authors’ choice.
One of the stories was provided by Medacs Healthcare AHP Team Manager, Martin Campbell (available to read on page 12 of the eBook). In 2011, Martin (below, fourth from right) was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a condition that, at the time, he believed to be nothing more than a bad chest. After a trip to A&E, Martin was quickly admitted to County Hospital Stafford and spent 16 weeks in isolation. Thankfully, he made a full recovery and – inspired by the NHS70 celebrations – has spent the past few months raising funds for the hospital which took such great care of him during his illness. Martin’s ultimate aim is to build a garden in the hospital grounds and provide an area which will give both patients and family members a quiet and peaceful space to relax.
Martin’s story also inspired the Medacs Healthcare team in Stafford in their Big 7Tea fundraising quest, with the office raising an incredible £1,300 (and counting) for a cause so close to their friend and colleague’s heart. If you would like to learn more and about Martin’s fundraising efforts and donate to a very worthy cause, you can visit his JustGiving page.
The Skipton office was equally as generous in their fundraising. An incredible sum was raised following the inspirational story of fellow team member, Lyndsey Grey. Her baby boy Seth was brought into the world with the help of staff at Airedale General Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary (Lindsey’s story is available on page 29 of the eBook). Lyndsey’s emotional tale helped to galvanise her Skipton colleagues and saw an amazing £642 donated to BRI’s Neonatal Unit.
Between the Big 7Tea parties and the stories, a sensational £7,159.10has been donated to NHS charities!
To read the collection of inspirational stories submitted by NHS patients, doctors, nurses and Medacs Healthcare staff, the #MyNHSStory eBook is available to read here.
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