Get involved to wish the NHS a happy birthday and thank all NHS staff

The local health and care partnership, Together We’re Better, is asking local people to record their own video to say a ‘happy birthday and thank you’ to the NHS and its staff across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent this week.

In what has been the toughest year for the NHS since it’s launch in 1948, the National Health Service will celebrate its 72nd birthday on Sunday 5 July. Local people are therefore being encouraged to take this opportunity to wish the NHS a very happy birthday and to say thank you to all the hard-working NHS staff who are helping to save lives and keep local people safe every day during this especially difficult time.

Entries from residents, patients, key workers and anyone else wanting to join in from all across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be collated into one special video, dedicated to local NHS workers. The final collated video will premiere on the ‘big day’ and will represent the heartfelt appreciation being seen across the city and county.

Simon Whitehouse, Director of Together We’re Better, said: “This year has been the toughest year on record for our NHS. Healthcare staff across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, and indeed nationally, have done a fantastic job to keep people safe, adapting extremely quickly in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  

“The upcoming birthday of the NHS will provide a chance for us all to show our thanks to the NHS and to celebrate the heroic efforts of all the NHS staff who serve local people every day.”

Anyone wanting to get involved will simply need to film themselves in landscape (those videoing on a phone will need to turn the phone on its side, so that it’s in widescreen) and send the video in by the end of Tuesday 30 June. There are lots of ways that local people can send their videos in. Head to to find out how.

A message will need to be included alongside the video, to confirm that the sender is happy for the local NHS to use their video across all platforms.

Special messages from staff to local people will also be shared over the weekend and a podcast to celebrate the occasion.

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