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Health leaders announce winners of NHS 70th birthday card design competition

29 June 2018

Scott Hardy, Link4Life Programme Manager with winner Amelia Platt and Healthy Hero Rochelle

4 primary school pupils from the borough of Rochdale have been announced as winners of a competition to design a 70th birthday card for the NHS in this very special year.

The NHS turns 70 on Thursday, 5 July 2018 and to mark this occasion, we and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) asked primary school pupils from across the borough to create a 70th birthday card which shows how doctors, nurses and other health professionals have helped them, their families and friends.

Over 400 competition entries were received and 4 finalists were announced at HMR CCG's Annual General Meeting on Friday, 15 June 2018.

And the winners are…

The winners each received prizes from Link4Life, which operates leisure, arts and culture venues and activities throughout Rochdale borough. The winners were:

  • 1st prize: Amelia Platt, age 8 from Heap Bridge Village Primary School who won a 6-month Junior Link4Life membership
  • 2nd prize:  Enze Yu, age 6 from Sacred Heart RC Primary who won a choice of up to 10 Link4Life activities at one of Rochdale borough's leisure centres
  • Joint 3rd prize: Zaina Rahman, age 11 from Castleton Primary School who won 5 Link4Life Family Swim vouchers (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Joint 3rd prize: Gemma Wright, age 10 from Meanwood Community Nursery and Primary School who won 5 Link4Life Family Swim vouchers (2 adults and 2 children)

Rochelle from our Healthy Heroes family, together with Scott Hardy, Link4Life Programme Manager, visited the winners' schools to present them with their prizes.

Celebrating the NHS

Mr Cockcroft, Headteacher at Heap Bridge Village Primary School, said: "We're all delighted that Amelia won 1st prize with her picture of how the NHS helped her grandad when he was poorly – well done Amelia!

"The competition really got our pupils thinking about the many ways the NHS touches all our lives and we're pleased to have been part of the NHS's 70th birthday celebrations locally."

Amelia Platt's 1st prize winning competition entry will be displayed at Number One Riverside during July 2018 as part of HMR CCG and our plans to celebrate 70 years of one of the nation's most loved institutions.

16 pupils were also shortlisted by judges as runners up and they will each receive a highly commended certificate.

Inspired the next generation

Dr Chris Duffy, Chair of NHS HMR CCG and local GP said: "The standard of competition entries we received was very high and birthday card designs depicted a wide variety of NHS services which make a difference to local school pupils and their loved ones. We hope that by entering the competition, pupils have had opportunity to think about their own health and wellbeing, and been inspired to consider a career in the NHS.

"Congratulations to all our winners, and a huge thank you to all the children and schools who took part in the competition and to Link4Life for donating 4 great prizes."