Annual event held in town

(left to right) Pam Holroyd (hartlepool chairman) Ethel Armstrong (national chairman) and Ken Jarrold (speaker) at the NHS Northern Conference
(left to right) Pam Holroyd (hartlepool chairman) Ethel Armstrong (national chairman) and Ken Jarrold (speaker) at the NHS Northern Conference

RETIRED NHS workers from across the region met in Hartlepool for an annual conference.

Dozens of people, who held a variety of roles within the NHS, gathered at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park yesterday where they enjoyed talks by various guest speakers, lunch and a chance to catch up with old friends.

It is the second time in three years members from North East branches of the NHS Retirement Fellowship, a charity with more than 17,000 members, have met in Hartlepool.

Pam Holroyd, North-East representative and chair of the Hartlepool branch, said: “It’s always really nice to catch up and have a chat.

“Our Hartlepool branch meets every month but we don’t often get chance to see and have a chat with some of the members from regional branches.

“As former employees, we all have an opinion on the way the NHS should be ran and we all have concerns about certain things.

“But mainly we all look after each other, we have all known each other for quite a long time so it’s good to see how people are doing.”

Pam, 60, a retired midwife who lives in Tunstall Avenue, in Hartlepool, with her husband, Keith, 62, also a member of the branch as a retired ambulance technician, was one of the speakers during the morning session.

Ken Jarrold, patron of the NHS Retirement Fellowship, also took to the stage to give his views on the current state of the NHS ahead of talks led by members Chris Dingley, Lynn Ireland and Barbara Broadbent.

A talk on the Transporter Bridge by visitor Alan Murray was held on the afternoon.

The charity was set up in 1978 and yesterday’s get-together was the 24th North East conference and the third time it’s been held in Hartlepool.

Pam added: “All of the talks were very good and it’s always interesting to hear people’s views on the NHS.

“As always it was a really enjoyable day and I would like to thank everyone for coming along.”

The Hartlepool branch of the NHS Retirement Fellowship, with members aged from 55-94, meets in the town’s Central Library, in York Road, on the second Thursday of every month from 2pm.

All former NHS workers are welcome.

For more information about the charity visit www.nhsrf.org.uk.