Story by John Mellor | Photos by Emma Pursehouse
A lively and enthusiastic group of children and their parents spent the afternoon of 5th July at a party to celebrate exactly 70 years since the National Health Service was launched in the UK in July 1948.
This involved children from the Nursery and Reception classes, aged from 3 to 5 years. Everyone had made a big effort to mark this important historical event and to raise funds for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity by selling cakes and refreshments to those who were visiting the school.
Several of the staff and pupils were dressed in hospital uniforms and really entered into the spirit of this important anniversary. Parents were very appreciative of the services provided by the NHS for their families; all the children there had been born in NHS hospitals. Before 1948, health provision was only available to those who could afford to pay for it, whereas it is now free at the point of delivery.
I was particularly interested to be at this celebration as my daughter, Debbie, was a pupil there in the 1980s. It was then known as Firshill School. She has gone on to work in the NHS in Cardiff, London and Birmingham since then. Congratulations are due to all those who put a lot of hard work into making this event such a huge success