28 May 2024

Cathedral turns blue for NHS’s 75th Birthday

Yesterday we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the NHS. As part of those celebrations, our iconic Salisbury Cathedral was lit up blue.

Stacey Hunter, CEO of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Having worked for the NHS for 36 years, I remain exceptionally proud of everything our colleagues deliver for patients and our community.

The NHS is all about the people who work in it, who choose to dedicate their time and expertise to support our communities at some of their happiest times, but also in some of their most difficult times.

“It has been a challenging few year but despite this, our teams continue to give their best, and every single week people write to me to tell me of the fantastic care and support they have received in our hospital.

I wouldn’t want to work anywhere other than in the NHS, upholding the principle of care free at the point of need for everyone, and I look forward to it continuing to thrive for the next 75 years. It is one of the finest institutions in our country.”

Commenting on lighting up the Cathedral spire blue for the 75th anniversary, The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury, said: “For three-quarters of a century, the NHS has been at the heart of our community, caring for us, saving lives, and preparing us for our dying.

The Cathedral likewise observes key moments in life’s journey – our beginnings and our most momentous commitments; the Cathedral, too, seeks to relieve suffering through practical compassion; and as a Christian community, we try to prepare for our dying in faith and with hope. God bless the NHS!”

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns