The NHS turns 70 years old on Thursday, 5 July 2018 and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG), in partnership with us, have launched a competition for primary school children to design a 70th birthday card to mark the occasion.
Primary school pupils in Reception class to Year 6 are invited to create a 70th birthday card which shows how doctors, nurses and other health professionals have helped them, their families and friends.
Budding artists can use any colouring or craft materials they like and designs must fit on the birthday card template.
Three winners will be announced at the HMR CCG Annual General Meeting being held on Friday, 15 June 2018 at Number One Riverside, Rochdale.
Winners will receive sports and leisure prizes donated by Link4Life. The first prize winner's entry will also be displayed at Number One Riverside during July as part of plans by HMR CCG and us to celebrate 70 years of one of the nation's most loved institutions.
Dr Chris Duffy, who is Chair of HMR CCG and has been an NHS GP in Rochdale borough for 25 years, will be one of the judges helping to pick the winner. Dr Duffy said: "This competition is a great opportunity for us to see what the NHS means to the younger generation and celebrate the hard working teams working in the local NHS.
"The competition prizes include a 6 month Junior Link4Life membership, one Summer Holiday play scheme place and Family Swim vouchers, so we're hoping for lots of local primary school children to get involved.
"Children and young people make up roughly one fifth of Rochdale borough's population and the NHS's 70th
birthday offers an important opportunity to inspire young people to think about their own health and wellbeing, as well as considering a career in the NHS."
The closing date for competition entries is Thursday, 31 May 2018.