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NHS 70th birthday celebrated with 70 mile cycle

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Nearly 40 local NHS staff, their friends and family, and current and former patients took part in a long distance cycle challenge on Saturday 7 July to celebrate the landmark 70th birthday of the NHS.

Organised by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), NHS staff from health services across the county used the opportunity to celebrate and show support to one of the nation’s most valued organisations. As well as taking the opportunity to promote healthy activities that people can do to look after their own physical and mental wellbeing.

The course covered a choice of routes of 70 miles or 70 kilometres (43 miles) around parts of Lincolnshire, which started and finished at Discovery House on the St George’s site in Lincoln.

Ian Jerams, Director of Operations for LPFT said:

This was a great opportunity to bring people together from across the whole of the NHS in Lincolnshire, to celebrate 70 years of a much valued organisation.

Whilst the NHS faces challenges in Lincolnshire and nationally, it remains an accessible and high quality health service, much loved by the local community. The response to this event from across the whole of the NHS has been fantastic.

One of the Trust’s former services users, Sebastien Rosse, who previously fundraised over £2,000 for LPFT, joined the cycle.

Sebastien said:

I was proud to be involved with the 70 mile bike ride with the Trust. I feel it is important to continue to support the NHS and to celebrate this landmark birthday, as they helped and cared for me when I needed it most.

To watch a short video clip from the morning of the cycle, please visit LPFT’s YouTube channel here: