With just 3 weeks remaining before #NHS66 on the 5th July this seems like a good time for an update. Word has spread far and wide and I know of dozens of events that are planned. It is certain to be a success for those already committed to getting involved but with a bit of coordinated effort over the next three weeks we can turn it from good to great!
What has happened so far?
The Biggest Birthday Party Ever has really taken off in a big way. Loads of parties are planned all over the UK – including one at my place. I am sure we will see hundreds of pictures posted on social media with the #NHS66 tag. I hope there will be a lot of last minute parties organised as word spreads. Indeed it does not need to be an organised party. Just a few friends getting together in the pub and posting some pictures will be great.
There are a couple of confirmed Picnics in the Park – one in Stafford and one in Birmingham. There may be more that I don’t know about. There is still time to organise your own. Use social media to set up the event and word will spread very quickly.
Lots of NHS departments are organising their own open days and fun days. I know of one department that is making a music video to celebrate the day and another that is collecting photographs representing each of the 66 years of the NHS.
We have collected dozens of brilliant poems for the eBook which will be published on the day but there is still time to submit your own efforts.
There has been quite a bit of press interest but we expect more as things build up in the last couple of weeks.
Finally there will be a live twitter event at noon on the day. The tag will be #thankyounhs. It will be publicised hard nearer the time. Previous campaigns with #bigupthenhs and #withoutthenhs suggests it will be very successful, trending in the UK for a while. I think this will also trend. Please make a note of the time in your diaries.
So what next?
All there is left to do is make some noise! People can join in or organise their own events right up to the last minute. We need to raise awareness and the best way it to talk to the papers and recruit celebrity endorsement. I will be doing this but I need as many people as possible to get on board and help.
Please talk to the papers, share your stories in social media and ask your friends to help. Together we could make this the biggest celebration of the NHS ever – and goodness knows it needs a bit of encouragement and support at the moment.