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NHS 70th celebrations at Westfield Health

Leading health and wellbeing company, Westfield Health, is marking the 70th birthday of the National Health Service (NHS) with a celebratory gift to the Sheffield City Region.

Business leaders and key figures have been invited to Westfield House on Thursday 5 July 2018 to mark the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions and to hear more about an exciting innovative gift set to ‘drive significant health and wellbeing improvements’.

Westfield Health’s Chairman, Graham Moore, said: “Founded in 1919, Westfield Health has been supporting the health of the nation for nearly a century and over those years our path has been inextricably linked with the NHS.

NHS 70th celebrations at Westfield Health

“Our company was born out of a need for healthcare support, and we’ve grown and evolved over the years, all the while supporting the NHS and health and wellbeing related charities.”

Westfield Health started life as the Sheffield Consultative and Advisory Hospitals Council and became The Sheffield Hospitals Council. It was formed to help the city’s four self-financing hospitals: The Royal Hospital, The Royal Infirmary, The Children’s Hospital and The Jessop Hospital for Women – all of which were desperately short of money after the First World War.

In 1921, The Sheffield Hospitals Council launched the Penny in the Pound scheme to provide working people with free hospital treatment in return for a weekly contribution of a penny in each pound earned. This meant that the hospitals received a regular income, while the Council’s members were guaranteed access to healthcare.

Today, Westfield Health is one of the UK’s leading health and wellbeing companies, working with 400,000 customers and more than 8,000 companies.

Graham continued: “Westfield Health today looks very different to how it did a century ago, but our goal is still the same – to help people live healthier, happier lives for longer – no matter what.

“We are dedicated to delivering a smarter approach to health and wellbeing and have formed partnerships with outstanding organisations to develop market leading insight, expertise and technology.

“We continue to innovate and reinvent ourselves to meet changing needs, but the one constant is our drive to support the health and wellbeing of communities across the UK and the NHS.”

Over the last 20 years, the Westfield Health Charitable has donated more than £15m to the NHS and health and wellbeing related charities. From world-class robotic neurosurgery, through to a decade of sponsorship of the British Transplant Games and the creation of the new PACT and Westfield Health Oncology and Haematology Centre for children and young people, the Charitable Trust has a long history of supporting people, communities and charities.

“It’s something we put our heart and soul into,” continued Graham.

“While our business has advanced over the years, our level of support to the NHS has remained a constant and we want to celebrate that through this event.

“We’re really excited to be able to reveal some new ways we will be supporting the Sheffield City Region, announcing a brand-new initiative which will help drive significant health and wellbeing improvements. At the moment it is very much a case of watch this space and we look forward to hopefully revealing more details in the near future.”

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