HRFCA celebrates NHS milestone in Clydebank

September 4, 2018

Highland RFCA helped celebrate 70 years of the NHS at the Golden Jubilee Foundation’s Gala Day on 2 September. 

The event – held at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel in Clydebank – provided an opportunity for staff, their families, the local community and colleagues in the other emergency services, armed forces, councils, universities and colleges to come together to celebrate the foundation of the NHS in 1948.

The Golden Jubilee Foundation is home to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Research Institute, Innovation Centre and the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel. Together they have been caring for patients from across Scotland and beyond since 2002 and have, to date, carried out more than 500,000 procedures.

Representing the Service Cadets at the event were young people from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders ACF and from 1740 (Clydebank) Squadron of the ATC, led by Flight Lieutenant Derek McIlroy.

Army Reservists from 225 (Scottish) Medical Regiment were also in attendance with their ever-popular Giant Operation game. They also brought a Field Ambulance which drew many visitors.

The well-attended day was fun-packed with activities including military demonstrations, a climbing wall, bouncy castle, pony rides and a pelt the boss stand!

There was also magic, a fun run, and a tug of war competition.

Head of Engagement Dai John and Regional Employer Engagement Director Michelle McKearnon manned the HRFCA gazebo (only taking time out for a game of operation!) which saw visits from many members of the public as well as Golden Jubilee Chief Executive Jill Young and West Dunbartonshire Provost William Hendrie.

Many thanks to all the cadets who helped out with HRFCA’s gazebo assembly and pack-up!

Cadets from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders ACF.

Golden Jubilee CE Jill Young enjoying the pipes.

ACF and ATC cadets parading.

HRFCA REED Michelle McKearnon with West Dunbartonshire Provost William Hendrie.

Youngsters get to grips with Giant Operation courtesy of 225 (Scottish) Medical Regiment.

Golden Jubilee Chief Executive Jill Young with HRFCA Head of Engagement Dai John.

HRFCA REED Michelle McKearnon attends to a ‘patient’.

Cadets taught life-saving skills.

The climbing wall proved popular.

The event drew a large crowd.

The sack race was just one of the fun activities on offer for kids.