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Over 150 people hit the high notes for NHS Christmas carol service

Over 150 residents from Bradford District and Craven gathered together to celebrate the work of local healthcare staff last week at the annual NHS Christmas carol service at Bradford Cathedral.

Current and former NHS staff across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven - along with their friends and family and partner organisations - joined the service at the Cathedral on Thursday evening.

The event was organised by NHS Bradford City, District and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The Rt Hon. Lord Mayor or Bradford, Cllr Abid Hussain attended and the congregation enjoyed a performance by the Cathedral’s choir and a series of readings from current and former NHS staff.

NHS Christmas Carol Concert 2017 - Low Res

The service was broadcast live on Radio Royal Bradford, Bradford Royal Infirmary’s hospital radio station, so that patients could also feel part of the event. 

Helen Hirst, chief officer at the three CCGs said: “This was our third annual NHS carol service and it was well attended and very much enjoyed by everyone who came along.

“The event celebrates the work of the NHS as we recognise that many staff spend their Christmas caring for others, away from their own family and friends. Staff work tirelessly around the clock all year round, but being away from loved ones at this time of year is particularly poignant for many.

“The event gave us the opportunity to come together, to celebrate and to give thanks for the hard work of our healthcare teams. It also gave us the opportunity to raise money for local charities and 50% of all money raised will be donated to Bradford Central Food Bank to help those who are in crisis at Christmas.

“This time next year the NHS will have reached 70 and we’re hoping to make the 2018 event even bigger and brighter!”

Image: Helen Hirst, chief officer at the CCGs and Reverend Canon Paul Maybury welcome the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Abid Hussain to the 2017 NHS Christmas Carol Concert at Bradford Cathedral

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