Parkrun for the NHS’ – celebrating the NHS’s 75th anniversary
The NHS in England is delighted to have teamed up with parkrun UK and the NHS in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to mark the NHS’s 75th anniversary this July. NHS staff and volunteers, as well as local communities, will be encouraged to ‘parkrun for the NHS’ at parkrun events on Saturday 8 July or junior parkrun events on Sunday 9 July.‘parkrun for the NHS’ is an opportunity for parkruns and their local communities to acknowledge the huge contribution that the NHS makes to the health of the nation and celebrate all the staff and volunteers, past and present, who have made the NHS what it is.As part of this nationwide celebration people will be encouraged to take part in parkrun and junior parkrun events.
There were some amazing sights during the NHS’s 70th anniversary event, with many in fancy dress or NHS trademark blue, and this year’s celebrations will be no different! ‘parkrun for the NHS’ will not only recognise and celebrate this huge milestone for the NHS, it will also encourage many more people to get involved with their local parkrun or junior parkrun and to make steps towards a more healthy, active lifestyle.
Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England said:
“I’m delighted that the NHS has teamed up with parkrun UK in a celebration of the NHS’s 75th anniversary in July. I know it will be popular and I encourage as many people as possible – from local communities to NHS staff and volunteers – to get involved, whether it’s by walking, jogging or running the course, or lending a hand as a volunteer. Or just coming along to watch and soak up the atmosphere.
As well as being a great way to thank NHS staff and volunteers during the NHS’s 75th year, we hope ‘parkrun for the NHS’ will help encourage people to consider being more active. We know physical activity is great for your body and mind. Some is good – more is better still”.
Chrissie Wellington, Global Head of Health and Wellbeing at parkrun, said:
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with the NHS across the UK to celebrate its 75th anniversary. We know that participating in parkrun is incredibly beneficial to people’s mental and physical health, and best of all the events are local, they are accessible, they are free, and they are fun! They’re also there every week, and we’d love to see those taking part continue to join us in the future.
‘parkrun for the NHS’ is the perfect way for us to increase awareness of parkrun across the health sector while at the same time paying tribute to the enormous and incredibly valuable contribution of NHS staff and volunteers to the health of our nation”
For more information
Anyone can get involved with people invited to walk, jog or run 5K at their local parkrun to celebrate this major milestone in the NHS’s history and acknowledge all the staff and volunteers, past and present, who have made the NHS what it is.
Everyone is being encouraged to dress in the NHS’s trademark blue or fancy dress.
Please register in advance before attending parkrun. Attending parkrun is free!