Newborns help West Suffolk Hospital celebrate NHS milestone
Two new arrivals helped West Suffolk Hospital celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Natalie and Joe Davenport, of Mildenhall, welcomed baby Joshua, who weighed 6lb 10oz, at 12.13am on Thursday.
Just a few hours later baby Annabelle was born at 7.36am, weighing 71b 0.5oz, to proud parents Laura and Daniel Fenner, of Bury St Edmunds.
The newborns helped launch a day of celebrations at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to mark NHS70.
The trust's My WiSH Charity went to the House of Commons as one of 10 Midlands and East teams chosen as regional champions in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.
Nominated by Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill, My WiSH was shortlisted in the Patient and Public Involvement Award category.
Professor Barbara Wilson, of Bury, was shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mrs Churchill said: "Although our nominees were unsuccessful, it was my privilege to be able to shine a light on their ourstanding contributions and celebrate their achievements."
Meanwhile, Stephen Dunn, chief executive of the trust, attended an NHS70 service in Westminster Abbey with Tracey Green, mortuary and bereavement services manager at the trust.
At West Suffolk Hospital, a history of healthcare walking tour charted the changes in the NHS. Staff, patients and visitors were invited to share their NHS memories by pinning postcards on 'what the NHS means to me' boards.
On Saturday, the Bury St Edmunds Constituency Labour Party was out on the streets to hand out leaflets and ask passers-by to sign a giant birthday card to be presented to the NHS.