Fountain goes blue for NHS 70th birthday

Welwyn Garden City’s landmark Coronation fountain has turned blue for July to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS on Thursday 5 July 2018.

Hundreds of health service staff work in Welwyn Garden City, which founder Sir Ebeneezer Howard said was a town ‘designed for healthy living’ and representatives from each local service will be there to see the fountain get its injection of colour.

GP Sachin Gupta, from Garden City Practice, was joined by representatives from Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust’s Roseanne House, on Parkway; the New QEII Hospital, in Howlands; Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, in Tewin Road, and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council dignitaries, including mayor, Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, and Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Governance and Public Health, on Monday 2 July.

“We were so thrilled that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council agreed to turn the Coronation fountain blue as a birthday surprise for the NHS,” said Dr Gupta, a GP and governing body member at East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). “We’re hoping the eye-catching move will remind passers-by to get online and make a pledge to help the NHS this year. You could get active, start volunteering, give blood, quit smoking – these are just a few of our suggestions.”

Cllr Fiona Thomson, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Executive Member for Governance and Public Health, said: “As a former nurse and midwife, I know firsthand how blood transfusions save lives, so I’ve pledged to give blood regularly because I am a registered blood donor but haven’t given blood for a long time. I want to make more effort to give blood regularly and the NHS blue fountain will certainly remind me to book an appointment this month.”

The fountain, which has been dyed pink each October since 2004 for breast cancer awareness, was erected in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s the first time its water has run any other colour.

To make a pledge to improve your health and wellbeing and support the NHS, visit www.healthierfuture.org.uk/nhs70 and click on the pledges you would like to make and we’ll send the information you need to make them happen.

Hertfordshire’s NHS organisations will be holding a series of events and activities throughout the year to mark NHS70, which we will promote at www.healthierfuture.org.uk/nhs70. If you would like us to attend an event or have other suggestions as to how we could celebrate our special birthday then please get in touch: nhs70@healthierfuture.org.uk or call: 01707 685397.