A SPECIAL birthday card was delivered to the Vale Hospital in Dursley to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Five Labour Party members went to the hospital on the evening of Thursday, July 5 to thank staff for their hard work and dedication, but were told they could not see them because they were busy working.

Invited back the following day, Richard Hellen returned to present the card, signed by hundreds of residents from the area.

One message read: “I wouldn’t be here without the NHS, we should be grateful for it.”

Another said: “The NHS is a marvellous organisation, there when you need it.”

Tim Lezard, chair of Cam, Dursley and Berkeley Labour Party, said: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those people who work tirelessly for our NHS – a fact that is reflected by the love and warmth on the messages we collected.

“We stand with the doctors and nurses who want to care for their patients to the best of their ability.

“We stand with all the NHS workers who give everything they can to go above and beyond.”

There were celebrations all across Stroud for the NHS’s 70th anniversary on July 5.