Welwyn Garden City’s landmark Coronation fountain has turned blue for July to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The water feature in Parkway is running an eye-catching shade of azure from Monday 2 July, ahead of the National Health Service’s big birthday on Thursday 5 July 2018.

Hundreds of health service staff work in Welwyn Garden City, described by founder Sir Ebenezer Howard as a town ‘designed for healthy living’.   Representatives from these local health service organisations were there to see the fountain get its injection of colour:

  • GP Sachin Gupta, from Garden City practice
  • Nancy Nyamande, a senior mental health nurse from Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust’s Roseanne House, on Parkway and Alys Kent, a mental health nurse and ward manager
  • Dagmar Louw, a Senior Sister from the New QEII Hospital, in Welwyn Garden City
  • Pauline Minagh, a community nurse leader from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, who is based at QVM in Welwyn
  • Hugo Weaver, a health advisor from NHS 111, based in Ascots Lane
  • Martin Norman, a patient representative from Garden City Practice.

These staff were joined by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council dignitaries, including mayor, Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, and Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Governance and Public Health.

“We were so thrilled that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council agreed to turn the Coronation fountain blue as a birthday present for the NHS,” said Dr Gupta, GP and governing body member at East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

“We’re hoping the eye-catching move will remind passers-by to get online at www.healthierfuture.org.uk/nhs70 and make a pledge to help the NHS this year. You could get active, start volunteering, give blood, or quit smoking – these are just a few of our suggestions.”

Cllr Fiona Thomson said: “As a former nurse and midwife, I know first-hand how blood transfusions save lives, so I’ve pledged to give blood regularly because I am a registered blood donor but haven’t given blood for a long time. I want to make more effort to give blood regularly and the NHS blue fountain will certainly remind me to book an appointment this month.”

The fountain, which has been dyed pink each October since 2004 for breast cancer awareness, was erected in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s the first time its water has run any other colour.

To make a pledge to improve your health and wellbeing and support the NHS, visit www.healthierfuture.org.uk/nhs70 and click on the pledges you would like to make.  We’ll send the information you need to make them happen.