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Pause for Applause – celebrating 72 years of the NHS


WARRINGTON and Halton Hospitals’ staff, families and patients turned out in force as the NHS celebrated its 72nd birthday with a “pause for applause”.

In a sombre reminder of the terrible impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust joined others around the country in remembering those that were lost, including the Trust’s own Joselito Habab RIP, an exceptional nurse and clinical educator who lost his fight in May.
Later on Sunday sunset at 9:45pm the Warrington Hospital was lit up blue, joining the nationwide #LightitBlue effort in the biggest ‘thank you.’
Throught the day the Trust recognised various members of staff on social media, including many with lengthy careers in the NHS.

They included the hospital’s longest serving member of staff sewing room supervisor Maureen Cook, who has been employed in the sewing room for 54 years. Maureen will also be turning 72 this year!
Maureen ays her job as a “hobby as well as work” saying “I get a lot of satisfaction out of a job well done!”
Chief Executive Professor Simon Constable said: “The support we have received has been simply overwhelming from individual, company and community contributions in a wide range of gestures. We were also extremely grateful to have received a share of the funds raised by NHS Charities, galvanised by the efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore who alone raised over £30m.”


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