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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan thanks NHS charities

On Thursday 19th of July, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, praised NHS charities at the Association of NHS Charities 'Big 7Tea' party at City Hall.

Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon hosted the celebration of the 70th birthday of the health service. The event was a chance for representatives from the 38 NHS charities in London to ‘raise a cuppa’ and show their appreciation for the wonderful health service that their charities support.

Mr Khan said, “Londoners owe an enormous debt of thanks to everyone who works or volunteers for the National Health Service or has done since it started 70 years ago. Their hard work and commitment helps make London the greatest city in the world.”

He thanked all 20,000 regular London NHS volunteers for their hard work and also thanked NHS charities for raising £230 million in support of the NHS last year. This equates to the cost of running one of London’s NHS hospitals or providing 28,000 Londoners with cancer treatment.

Barnet Hospital young volunteer Architha Arulvaratharajah spoke about her experiences as a volunteer in the NHS.

She said, “I started volunteering for Barnet Hospital on the 20th of December 2017 and it’s the best thing I’ve done! I work on a geriatric ward, spending time with elderly people and I look forward to it every week. Being a volunteer means being part of the NHS community, a community that saves lives and I love being a part of it.”

Lorraine Taylor, NHS Retirement Fellowship North West Thames representative, spoke about her time working as a nurse in the NHS. She spoke fondly of her colleagues and reminded attendees that these relationships don’t end after retirement they are lifetime friendships.

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