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Big up the NHS with a verse

Steve Smith

The Big Up The NHS Book of Verse is now published you can see it here.  

Big up the NHS was set up to counter the relentless tide of negative publicity that the NHS has experienced over recent years. We all know that bad things happen, but there is also a great deal of good. Millions of people experience great care. We aim to shout about the good stuff. It will improve morale of the staff and public confidence in the service – and both of these will lead to better outcomes and experiences for our patients.

So far we have used Twitter and Facebook to simply share good news but in this new venture we want – the great British public – to get in touch with your artistic side and write some poetry to Big Up the NHS.

You can use any style as long as it is less than 100 words. You might think about limericks, haiku, short poems or prose. It could be about your #NHS66 event or something personal about the NHS that makes/made your heart swell with pride, makes/made you glad that we have the NHS, makes/made you want to hug the people who work their socks off to help you or your family or your friends to get/feel better.

Here’s my (Sandie’s) verse for my Mum who was known to everyone as Bai:


Bai was my lovely Mum who lived in Colindale

Throat cancer made her diseased and frail

Every day they came

To keep Bai from pain

Those amazing nurses and carers of Colindale!


Send your effort to us and we will create an e-book to share with you and the world which shows what a great institution the NHS is!

Simple rules: 1) It should be in the form of a limerick, haiku or short poem (or piece of prose if rhymes delude you) (maximum of 100 words)

2) It should Big Up the NHS.

3) Absolutely no personal or political insults and no gratuitous profanities. Please keep it positive.

4) It should reflect something of personal meaning to you.


The deadline for submission is 5th July 2014 – the 66th birthday of the NHS

To submit your efforts please follow this link

Terms and conditions By submitting, you agree to have your name published alongside your offering. Equally, we promise to not do anything else with your personal information. We have the final decision on what gets into the e-book.


Thank you.

Steve Smith and Sandie Gay

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