Birthday card artwork celebrating 70 years of the NHS created by a pupil at Heap Bridge Village Primary School in Heywood has gone on display at Number One Riverside, as part of plans to mark the NHS's 70th birthday by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) and Rochdale Borough Council.


HMR CCG Chair and local GP, Dr Chris Duffy unveiled the artwork by Amelia Platt, age 8, who won first prize in the NHS 70th birthday card design competition. Her winning artwork will be on display on the ground floor of Number One Riverside throughout July.

In honour of the NHS’s milestone birthday, HMR CCG and Rochdale Borough Council asked pupils from across Rochdale borough in Reception class to Year 6 to create a 70th birthday card which shows how doctors, nurses and other health professionals have helped them, their families and friends.

The competition got a terrific response, with over 400 entries and four finalists were announced at HMR CCG's Annual General Meeting on 15 June.

The winners each received prizes from Link4Life, which operates leisure, arts and culture venues and activities throughout Rochdale borough. The winners were:

First prize: Amelia Platt, age 8 from Heap Bridge Village Primary School who won a six month Junior Link4Life membership
Second prize:  Enze Yu, age 6 from Sacred Heart RC Primary who won a choice of up to 10 Link4Life activities at one of Rochdale borough’s leisure centres
Joint third prize: Zaina Rahman, age 11 from Castleton Primary School who won five Link4Life Family Swim vouchers (2 adults and 2 children)
Joint third prize: Gemma Wright, age 10 from Meanwood Community Nursery and Primary School who won five Link4Life Family Swim vouchers (2 adults and 2 children)

Sixteen pupils were also shortlisted by judges as runners up and they have each received a highly commended certificate.

Dr Chris Duffy, Chair of HMR CCG and local GP said: "The standard of competition entries we received was very high and birthday card designs depicted a wide variety of NHS services which make a difference to local school pupils and their loved ones. We hope that by entering the competition, pupils have had opportunity to think about their own health and wellbeing, and been inspired to consider a career in the NHS.

“Congratulations to all our winners, and a huge thank you to all the children and schools who took part in the competition and to Link4Life for donating four great prizes.”

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