Fellowship annual awards to be held

NHS Retirement Fellowship

The Park Hotel Tynemouth will host the 25th annual regional conference of NHS Retirement Fellowship North East Region, bringing together members from branches throughout the North East of England.

Nationally, the Fellowship is an opportunity for retired NHS staff and partners, from all disciplines and grades, to maintain friendships and make new friends by meeting other like-minded people once a month at their local branch.

Benefits include a range of discounts, interest groups, holidays, outings and, most importantly, support in difficult times.

Founded in 1978, the Fellowship now has over 15,000 members within 176 branches across England, Scotland and Wales.

Currently, there are nine active branches and one emerging branch within the North East.

Co-hosts of this year’s conference, Morpeth, which coincidentally also celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was in danger of closing due to falling numbers, but a national recruitment campaign revitalised the branch. The Sefton Cup was awarded to the branch in 2012 for recruiting the highest percentage of new members nationally.

Each of the ten local branches warmly welcome new retirees. For information and local contacts, log onto the website www.nhsrf.org.uk and follow the links.

All national officers will attend conference and speakers will include Patron Ken Jarrold CBE, National Director John Rostill OBE, National Chairman Dr Cynthia Matthews, President Ethel Armstrong, Vice Chairman and Honorary Treasurer. In addition, this will be the first occasion they have had acceptances from senior officers representing Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust, Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust,

The agenda will be full and interesting, concluding with a presentation by Air Ambulance and, following lunch, entertainment by the Silverline Ukulele Band.

The conference will be held on Monday.