Local NHS Staff and Asda Celebrate the NHS’ 70th Birthday

Local NHS and Asda staff brought the national NHS 70th celebrations to shoppers in Bootle.

Staff from NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a morning roadshow in Bootle’s Asda on the NHS’ Birthday (5 July).  Local people were able to share their experiences of the NHS in the past, present and importantly find out about future plans for local healthcare. Many shoppers also signed up to receive regular updates from their local CCG.

A pharmacist from the CCG’s team was on hand to answer patients’ questions about staying healthy and managing their medication effectively.

Asda in Bootle also donated cakes to the CCG’s staff to help mark the anniversary and to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of NHS staff.

Dr Craig Gillespie, acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We would like to thank everyone at Asda and the local shoppers who took part in our NHS 70th celebrations.

“This important milestone is an opportunity for us to thank all our staff, listen to local people’s experiences of services and seek views on how we can improve care for the future. Our Big Chat/Annual Review meeting takes place in September and I would like to encourage local people to take part in the celebrations.”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions and to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives. It is also a time to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

The NHS 70th celebrations will continue locally with an NHS@70 Big Chat/Annual Review event on Thursday, 27 September 1- 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club. A marketplace is being organised by the CCG to showcase local health services, share information on the future of the local NHS and give people the chance to have their say.

If you’d like to attend the NHS@70 Big Chat / Annual Review or find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email communications@sefton.nhs.uk or call 0151 317 8456.

Bootle Tool Shed receive £1,000 donation from the Asda Foundation

A popular Community Group have been handed £1,000 by the Asda Foundation.

Bootle Tool Shed, where people come together to take part in practical skills and activities, are based at the Strand Shopping Centre and are run completely by their own members.

They provide opportunities for people to share tools, resources and skills in order to create, learn and develop social networks.

Eddy Flynn, Trustee of the Bootle Men’s Shed said: “Our members see the Shed as a lifeline, and we the trustees see this funding as a lifeline to enable us to keep this vital resource open.”

Julie Ward, Senior Manager of the Asda Foundation said: “The Asda Foundation is one of the many ways we can give something back to our local communities.

“That’s why we lend a hand to a wide range of good causes with which our colleagues are involved with, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK.

“We see the Sheds programme as making a real difference at a grassroots level and are proud to support this initiative.”

The Shed movement follows a blueprint from an Australian project and since the first Men’s Shed opened in the UK six years ago, there are now over 300 in the UK with three new Sheds on average opening a week.

Sheds are often places for older men to come together and work on either individual or community projects – but are now increasingly seeing younger men and women getting involved.”