Marking the 73rd anniversary of its inception, the Queen awarded the NHS the George Cross on July 5, 2021. The medal, which has only been awarded 480 times in history, recognises extraordinary acts of bravery in saving lives. The honour is being given to the four health services in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be presented at a later date.

The Queen wrote: “It is with great pleasure, on behalf of a grateful nation, that I award the George Cross to the National Health Services of the United Kingdom.  This award recognises all NHS staff, past and present, across all disciplines and all four nations. Over more than seven decades, and especially in recent times, you have supported the people of your country with courage, compassion and dedication, demonstrating the highest standards of public service. You have our enduring thanks and heartfelt appreciation.

We at St Mary’s Burghfield, join in with our own thanksgiving and appreciation to all in our community and congregation who work in the NHS and give tirelessly of themselves in service to others.