Wednesday 1st August 2018
This year, I was lucky enough to be able to show my gratitude to the NHS by delivering a speech in Parliament on the NHS' 70th birthday. When Teenage Cancer Trust offered this opportunity to me, I was both nervous and incredibly excited.
The event was organised by Nick Thomas-Symonds MP for the Aneurin Bevan Society NHS 70 Reception. I was truly humbled to be able to talk alongside Lord Kinnock and John Bercow MP.
For someone that hopes for a career in politics, this was incredibly special moment!
My speech focused on the positive experiences I had of being treated on a Teenage Cancer Trust ward under the NHS for Hodgkin Lymphoma as a teenager. I especially wanted to convey how thankful I was to all the staff that I met throughout my journey, including the consultants, the nurses, and the administration and maintenance staff. It was these individuals that ensured I received exceptional care and helped me get through the most difficult time of my life.
I believe it is important to reflect on how special our healthcare system is, and how often it is taken for granted.
As the cornerstone of our society, I hope I was able to convey how the NHS was able to save my life but also how we should all celebrate and protect it.