To commemorate its 75th anniversary, the NHS is collaborating with parkrun UK to encourage staff, volunteers and local communities to participate in the ‘parkrun for the NHS’.
The events will take place on Saturday 8 July and will not only recognise the immense contribution of the NHS to the nation’s health, but also celebrates the dedicated individuals who have shaped the service over the years.
‘parkrun for the NHS’ is open to everyone – people can walk, jog, run or volunteer to get involved – and participants are encouraged to wear the NHS’s trademark blue or fancy dress.
Numerous local NHS teams will be present at their respective parkrun events, providing valuable information and highlighting ways that communities can support the service.
Amanda Bloor, Chief Operating Officer at NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB), said: “We are delighted that there are over 20 events taking place across our region. It is a testament to the pride that people feel for the NHS and its staff.
“This special event is an opportunity for everyone to explore how they can have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. We encourage as many people as possible to use this as the beginning of a healthier, more active life.”
Dr Abbie Brooks, GP Partner at Priory Medical Group and Run Director for the Heslington parkrun, said: “Taking part in a parkrun has incredible benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. The power of community, fresh air and movement in nature is a remarkable prescription for a healthier life.”
‘parkrun for the NHS’ marks the second collaboration between parkrun UK and the NHS. In 2018, an extraordinary nationwide celebration took place for the NHS’s 70th anniversary, attracting over 146,000 participants.
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To find a parkrun event near you, visit humberandnorthyorkshire.org.uk/parkrun-for-the-nhs.