Cake cutting celebrates the NHS’ 65th birthday

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A cake baked at Kettering General Hospital was cut to help mark the 65th birthday of the NHS.

Hospital staff and representatives from public service union Unison were on hand at the short ceremony last Friday.

The huge cake, baked by hospital chef Dawn Stanley, was then handed out during lunchtime to KGH staff to celebrate and thank them for their hard work.

Glenda Weston, a retired nurse who spent 40 years at Kettering General Hospital, and former governor on the hospital’s Council of Governors, said: “I am extremely pleased that the Kettering Health Branch of Unison has asked me to again participate in celebrating the NHS Birthday.

“I have a life-long love of the NHS and I am really proud of the work the staff do.

“It is a time to celebrate not only the principles of the NHS and the vision that Nye Bevan had in 1948 but to also recognise the value of the staff past and present who have contributed so much to our local community.”

Steve Hone, chairman of the Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust, said: “This is a lovely way to celebrate the NHS’s birthday and we want to thank Unison for organising this celebration.

“The NHS is now 65 years old but we all hope it is a very long way from retirement because it one of our nation’s greatest assets.”