The Mayor of Brighton & Hove
72 Anniversary of the NHS
On July 5th, it will be 72 years since the NHS began.
During the last few months, the NHS has been through the greatest test in its lifetime. And will continue to deal with the many challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic for the foreseeable future.
Every week of the pandemic, we have seen our communities show their love and appreciation for the NHS by preparing and bringing food to NHS staff working at the Sussex County Hospital to supplying PPE to those in need. Schools have remained open to children of essential workers, bus drivers have ensured that staff can get to work and local refuse collectors have continued to work. The list goes on.
I would like to express my condolences to those who have lost loved ones. Having been unable to say goodbye and to gather together with family and friends must have been particularly hard, so my heart goes out to you.
To remember all those we have lost, people are being asked to put a light in their window or on the doorstep on the evening of the 4 July. This could be a candle, a lamp or a torch.
There will also be a NHS-led remembrance for those who have lost loved ones later in the year. At 12 noon on Sunday 5 July, there will be the biggest, loudest and final clap for carers and key workers.
As we move out of lockdown, one step at a time, I am hoping that we can continue to support the NHS by adhering to guidelines, it could be as simple as continuing to wash your hands, wearing a face mask when on public transport and to keep social distancing in mind when out and about.
As the Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove I am so proud of our National Health Service and I would like to say a great big thank you to all the people who work and support this lifeline, that makes such a huge difference to all our lives.
Thank you for supporting the NHS and for supporting each other as we move forward.
Councillor Alan Robins is the current Mayor of Brighton & Hove. He was elected at the Annual Council meeting on 14 May 2020.
The mayor will be supported in his duties by his partner Val Cawley, who takes the role of Mayoral Consort.
The mayor is the first citizen of Brighton & Hove and undertakes an important ceremonial role in and outside the city. However, this role is different from some mayors and lord mayors such as the elected Mayor of London. The mayor of Brighton & Hove is not directly elected by the people and therefore holds no direct power.
The mayor is politically neutral when carrying out all the mayoral duties.
The current Deputy Mayor is Councillor Mary Mears. She was also elected at the Annual General Meeting on 14 May 2020.