The National Health Service was founded on the 5th July 1948.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the service, Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public are organising a variety of events and activities – and encouraging Stroud residents to celebrate and reflect on the principles of the NHS and their value.
Events we are organising:
- An exhibition: NHS funding past, present and future, Lansdown Gallery, 11am-5pm Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June. Learn about and discuss the NHS budget and Private Finance Initiatives.
- The exhibition will be opened with a launch event at Lansdown Gallery, 6-9pm Monday 25th June, with Helen Mercer from People vs PFI, John Dougherty singing a song from the Stroud Maternity Matters campaign and more TBC.
- We are also organising coach transport from Stroud to the celebration and demonstration in London on Saturday 30th June.
- A Celebration at the Lansdown Hall and in Bank Gardens, 10am – 5.30pm Saturday 7th July.
- We’re asking people to display a poster in their windows or cars – the poster has a Bevan quote and “Our NHS is 70” heart and is downloadable as an A3 pdf (when printing, you should be able to select “Fit to page” to print at A4).
- We need volunteers to help at our exhibition and on the celebration day, and
- you can help us make bunting with Atelier Stroud.
- We’re also inviting contributions of art or historic materials.
All events are free entry. If you can afford it please donate with cash on the day or via: gofundme.com/nhs70stroud.
“Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not only themselves, but all their fellows, have access, when ill, to the best that medical skill can provide.” – Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear, 1952