The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust joined NHS organisations around the country to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Celebrations kicked off with an official cake cutting by Steve McManus, Chief Executive and members of the Trust Board, sponsored by the Royal Berks Charity and attended by staff from across the Trust.
Steve McManus, CEO said: “a huge thank you to all the staff for their dedication to patients and carers, whether they are a porter, doctor, volunteer, therapist, member of a clinical admin team, finance, HR, catering, nurse, midwife, student, or the myriad of roles that make up the outstanding team across all our sites. It is a real privilege to be part of the Royal Berkshire team. I would like to add my thanks to The Royal Berks Charity and John Lewis, Reading for providing the cakes – such a fantastic gesture and hugely appreciated by everyone.”
Senior staff members and non-executive directors helped deliver cakes sponsored by John Lewis Reading to wards and services across the Trust. There was a great buzz around the Trust as staff eagerly anticipated the arrival of their cakes.
Jo Evans, Community Liaison Coordinator at John Lewis Reading, said: “The John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership were delighted to be involved in this celebration of the 70th Anniversary. We have been able, in a small way. to say thank you for the fantastic work the Royal Berkshire Hospital does and the care that it has shown to the community. We hope that the staff enjoyed the cakes!”
On the day the Trust hosted the BBC Radio Berkshire’s Bill Buckley show, with members of staff from across the Trust being interviewed live on the programme.
Wards and departments also organised their own internal events including running 70 laps around the perimeter of the RBH, cake sales in aid of the Royal Berks Charity and over the past couple of months staff have made health and wellbeing pledges which included cycling 70 miles, Shetland pony carriage drives, swimming 70 miles, and the Trauma and orthopaedics team who recently completed the Three Peaks challenge and raised £7k for the Royal Berks Charity Orthopaedic fund.
Ian Thomson, Royal Berks Charity Director said: “It was fantastic to get involved with the NHS celebrations and see the excitement on staff faces as they received their ward or department cake. Through these NHS 70th anniversary celebrations we continue to help raise funds for wards and departments across the Trust. The support we receive from the community is outstanding and as an example, this year we have partnered with Jacobs jewellers who are also celebrating their 70th year in business to raise funds for the Berkshire Cancer Centre (BCC).”