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Iconic buildings across the North West to light up blue to celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday!

Iconic landmarks and buildings across Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria will be lighting up in blue on the evening of 5 July to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to the NHS and to recognise its special place in our lives.

Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria landmarks confirmed to turn blue so far include:

Blackpool Tower , Chorley Clock Tower, Mersey Gateway Bridge, Everton Goodison Park, Active Learning Lab  (University of Liverpool), Steve Prescot Bridge – St Helens, Footbridge across the M62 between Bowring Park and The Rocket, Liverpool Port of Liverpool, County Hall – Lancashire County Council, Liverpool Cunard Building,  Liverpool Town Hall, St Georges Hall – Liverpool, St Helens Rugby Club, Mechanical Engineering Building – Liverpool University, Orange Tower, Salford Quays, Media City UK, Silverdale Library, Longridge Library, Bolton-le-Sands Library, Skelmersdale Library, Kendal Parish Church – Kendal, World Museum, Liverpool, Liverpool City Tower / Beacon, Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Isla Gladstone Conservatory, Stanley Park,  Warrington Rugby Club, Ribbleton Library, Bacup Library, Kirkham Library, Carnforth Library St Luke’s Church (Bombed out Church), Liverpool, Marine Hall Theatre Fleetwood, World Museum, Liverpool.

For the full list please go to: www.nhs70.nhs.uk/buildings-to-turn-blue

People are encouraged to take photos and share them via social media @NHSEnglandNorth using the hashtags: #NHS70 and #LightUpBlue.

As well as lighting up landmarks, events are being organised by and for staff, hospital trusts and healthcare organisations to mark the seventieth birthday in style.  Tea will be at the centre of many events as NHS organisations, as well as the general public, will be holding ‘NHS Big 7Tea’ celebrations.

The public can help directly by volunteering, supporting their local NHS charity or by giving blood.

NHS England’s Medical Director in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria, Dr Kieran Murphy, said: “It is clear from the support we have had with regards to NHS 70 that everyone is really getting behind all the activities planned in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria.

“The NHS is something to be proud of, for those who work within it and for those who benefit from the services provided and I am sure the celebrations taking place will be a reflection of this pride and the affection we all have for this great organisation.

“I hope everyone will join in the celebrations and take photographs of and selfies with the lit up buildings and share using #LightUpBlue. #NHS70”

Professor Louise Kenny, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool:

“We are delighted to support the NHS 70th birthday celebrations by lighting up our Active Learning Laboratory blue. The University of Liverpool has a long and proud history of working closely with local NHS partners to train the next generation of healthcare professionals and carry out ground-breaking research, and we wish it well on this landmark birthday.’

County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “It’s fitting that we’re lighting up County Hall and Lancashire’s libraries to mark this celebration as the first NHS hospital opened its doors in Lancashire on 5 July 1948.

“Park Hospital, now called Trafford General, was within Lancashire at the time and Lancashire County Council handed over a ceremonial key to the hospital to health minister Nye Bevan to symbolise the beginning of the NHS.

“The NHS plays a vital role now, just as it did 70 years ago and we’ll continue to work closely together to keep our communities fit and well and to ensure that people with health issues get the early support and treatment they need.”

6 ways to join in the NHS 70 celebrations and support the NHS going forward

Hold a Big 7 Tea Party: www.nhsbig7tea.co.uk/plan-a-party

Give blood and join the Organ Donor Register to help save lives – call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23

Become an NHS volunteer www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/get-involved/volunteering

Become involved with an NHS charity www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/get-involved/supporting-nhs-charities

Give the NHS a 1,000 mile birthday present www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/get-involved/donate-1000-miles

Consider a career in the NHS www.healthcareers.nhs.uk

Get involved in research projects www.nhs70.nhs.uk/get-involved/support-the-nhs/get-involved-in-research

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