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​Celebrating 70 years of our National Health Service

The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation's most loved institutions, to talk about the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information, and to thank our extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are always there to greet, advise and care for us.

2018 will be a year of celebrating and we can all get involved with supporting the NHS during its special birthday year. Whether it's raising money for local NHS charities, or sharing your stories about the everyday heroes, we'd like you to get involved.

Here are just some of the ways you can help us celebrate this year:

Volunteering

Volunteers from all walks of life have made a huge contribution to the NHS, so why not join them and volunteer for a local NHS service this year?

Volunteering in health and care is a rewarding way to use your spare time.  As well as helping the NHS to enhance the experience patients receive, you can gain new skills, make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing.

To learn about volunteering opportunities in your local NHS, as well as other health and care organisations that support the NHS, visit www.do-it.org

Donate 1000 miles

If you're looking to get more active this year, why not join the #NHS1000miles challenge?

Why not log your miles – walking, running, swimming, horse riding, buggy pushing (anything counts!) – over the next year as our collective birthday gift to the NHS.

The more active we are the healthier we get. And that's great news for the NHS.

There are many ways to get involved:

Alternatively, you can just jot down your miles in a notebook, it's up to you. Everyone is welcome – please do get friends and family involved too.

More information

If you'd like to find out more about how you can get involved with the NHS 70 celebrations, please visit the NHS 70 website.

Get in touch

We'd love to hear your stories and how you are celebrating this year! Follow us on Twitter @NHSLambethCCG  and let us know what you've been doing.