In a service attended by NHS staff and leaders who played a pivotal role in helping many during the Covid-19 pandemic, to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Duke of Cambridge Prince William, it was held to celebrate the 73rd birthday of the NHS and commemoration in a year that challenged us all.
Three representatives were chosen from South Yorkshire to attend the service, joining Masoba was Kelly Glover (NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group) and Kenneth Agwuh (Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
Masoba talks about the day in London at the service:
“It was really humbling to chosen as a representative for the South Yorkshire Community Foundation and an ambassador for the South Yorkshire region, alongside Kelly and Kenneth, at St Paul’s Cathedral.
“Reflecting on the day, we all felt the event was worth attending to hear the gratitude given to the NHS for the work they have done during the pandemic, providing essential health care to the nation.
“As I listened to the speeches, I thought about how the Foundation, through our grant giving, had supported groups to navigate through these difficult times
“It was good to have royalty, top government officials and community and voluntary sector representatives, listening to the stories about the challenging times we have all faced during the pandemic.
“My favourite memory came at the end of the day as we walked out of the lovely St Paul’s Cathedral, cheering and applauding all NHS staff and keyworkers. Suddenly, this lady approached me, simply saying: “Thank You”
“It warmed my heart to hear this and a perfect end to a day when we remembered and we said thank you to our magnificent NHS”