Vintage garden party marks start of NHS 70 celebrations

Vintage garden party marks start of NHS 70 celebrations

Garden party at Witney Community Hospital kicks off NHS 70 celebrations

Community members, patients and volunteers at Witney Community Hospital kicked off the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the NHS with a themed garden party.

Staff members at the hospital hosted a vintage cabaret party complete with costumes, entertainers and cake. Guests listened to live music and played lawn games while enjoying the sunshine in the hospital gardens.

Angela Conlan, arts co-ordinator at the hospital said: “We decided to have an event to celebrate NHS70 to reflect and celebrate the last 70 years.

“We even placed cards in a timeline around the garden highlighting some of the major events in the NHS, like the first hip replacement in 1960.”

A celebration for all

The 70 guests at the party participated in a round of ‘Happy Birthday’ dedicated to the health service, and the volunteers who work at Witney Community Hospital were also given a special thank you for their contributions to the service.

“It was wonderful, the sun was shining, everyone was happy,” said one attendee.

Another remarked: “What a lovely, gentle afternoon in the garden listening to vintage cabaret.”

In addition to the fun and games, a tombola and raffle stall with donated prizes raised a total of £285 towards activities at the hospital such as the Creating with Care programme, which uses arts to improve patient experience.

Two women smile while sitting in a garden

Guests smile in the sun while enjoying the cabaret

A month of celebrations

The cabaret marks the first of several Oxford Health events celebrating the NHS, which turns 70 on 5 July.

Services throughout the trust will be hosting ‘NHS 7tea’ themed tea parties for staff and patients on the day of the anniversary, and in Bicester there will be a community ‘Discovery Walk’ that seeks to promote a healthier lifestyle.

We’ll also be celebrating the 70th birthday with an open day at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on 28 July, and will be hosting a Healthfest event in early September.

Read more of our NHS70 stories.



Published: 29 June 2018