YORK Minster is helping the NHS celebrate its landmark 70th birthday in style.
Linda Nolan is to host a special choral concert, which will see the Minster filled with staff, patients and guests, including health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Performers include the NHS Greenwich and Lewisham choir who will sing their charity single, With a Little Help From my Friends, which is hoping to reach number one on the chart as the NHS turns 70 on July 5.
Also appearing are Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the B-Positive Choir, the HEY Choir, made up of staff from Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals, and the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Brass Band, who were recently crowned champions at the brass band French Open.
Eve Senior, 15, a survivor of the Manchester bomb attack who now wants to be a nurse, and Amen Dhesi, who became a carer for his dad, who has bipolar disorder, at just 13, are set to give personal testimonials.
Eve said: “It’s fantastic to be here celebrating the amazing work of the NHS.
“They have helped my recovery so much and I’ve been really inspired by their work and hope to one day train to be a nurse myself so I can help others.”
More than one thousand NHS staff from around the UK will be in the Minster at the invitation-only event, as well as representatives of charities, Healthwatch, councils and other key NHS partners, such as universities and a young people’s forum.
Linda Nolan, who is currently undergoing NHS treatment for breast cancer in Blackpool, said: “The NHS has been there for me and my family at some of the most difficult times, offering care and compassion.
“I’m thrilled to be able to pay tribute to the NHS and its extraordinary staff.”
Celebrations on July 5 will also include thousands of 7Tea parties to raise money for NHS charities, while dozens of landmarks around the country, including the Minster, will light up in blue and the BT Tower in London will run a special birthday message on its infoband.