The community united for a Christmas concert in celebration of the NHS at Colchester Town Hall on Wednesday (December 12).
From left, Sam Hepplewhite, Chief Officer of North East Essex CCG, with the speakers David Sollis, Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Essex, Sally Roe, IPU Nurse, St Helena Hospice, Alison Power, Director of Operations at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), Allison Cline-Dean, Lead Chaplain at ESNEFT, and Rebecca Pulford, Associate Director of Nursing, Integrated Pathways Division, at ESNEFT. Pictured centre, the Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Peter Chillingworth.
The North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance were proud to present the Big Sing Festive Event, an opportunity for staff, family and friends of the emergency services, plus the Colchester and Tendring community, to join together at the end of the NHS’s 70th year.
There was a fun-filled singalong to seasonal songs, with traditional carols and more modern family favourites, together with choir The Colchester Singers, directed by the Honorary Borough Organist Ian Ray.
Speakers from across the health and care sector, including organisations from the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance, treated the audience to a series of speeches and seasonal readings. The Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Peter Chillingworth, and the Mayoress, his wife Mrs Ann Chillingworth, were also in attendance.
The historic surroundings of the Moot Hall provided the perfect backdrop for guests to reflect on the achievements of one of the nation’s most-loved institutions and to appreciate the vital role the service plays in all of our lives.
Sam Hepplewhite, Chief Officer of North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I was delighted to see many of our colleagues from our partner organisations in the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance come together with family, friends, and the Colchester and Tendring community for this fabulous occasion.
“Thank you to the Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Peter Chillingworth, the Mayoress, Mrs Ann Chillingworth, all of the speakers and our guests for joining us in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS at this festive time of year.”