To mark the NHS’s 75th anniversary, the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Croquet Club (AELTC) invited 75 NHS staff from their local hospital – St George’s, Tooting, London – to attend The Championships, Wimbledon on 5 July.
Another four NHS staff – two GPs, one nurse and a Florence Nightingale scholar – were invited to spend the day in The Royal Box. Dr Sid Desmukh and Dr Sonia Khanna are GPs from south east London, Suzi Chilvers also works at St George’s Hospital, while Dr April Brown is a Florence Nightingale scholar and Improvement Director.
As well as getting to watch the tennis, five of the guests got to meet Britain’s most successful male tennis player, Sir Andy Murray, who was playing on Centre Court.
Sir Andy Murray recently added his support to ‘parkrun for the NHS’ – a special event to mark the NHS’s anniversary – which takes place on 8 and 9 July. He also joined other sport stars to record a moving film sharing their own personal stories of thanks for the much-loved British institution.