Hospital’s ‘Green Spaces, Healthy Places’ fun day celebrated with local community

Dance workshops, Pilates, brass band music and even a smoke-filled room adventure were just some of the things for visitors to experience when a Bradford Teaching Hospitals threw open its doors to the public to stage its first community fun day and health event.

The ‘Green Spaces, Healthy Places’ festival on Saturday, (6 July) was jointly organised by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Well Bradford. It took place in the grounds of Bradford Royal Infirmary, one of the hospitals owned by the Trust.

A whole host of information stalls was organised along with behind-the-scenes tours of the Trust’s various specialities and there was an opportunity for visitors to meet the Trust’s charity team and learn more about the work of the charity and how it supports patients.

West Yorkshire Fire Service was on hand to answer questions about fire safety and organised a smoke-filled room adventure, where visitors and staff had to find their way around, rescue a “baby” and get out to safety.

There were also lots of activities for children young visitors including face-painting, and the open day was also an opportunity to learn more about the valuable research that goes on at the Trust, including the ground-breaking Born in Bradford (BiB) project.

The Trust’s Acting Chief Executive, John Holden said: “The day was a great success and we were pleased to welcome people from our local community, who we see as our neighbours. It’s important to us that they can share in the work of their local hospital.

“The event was a great opportunity for our Trust to showcase our various departments, who were able to celebrate their work and developments through the various information stands and the behind-the-scenes tours of the various specialities. Even the sun shone on the day!

“We were really pleased to be able to work with Well Bradford to host the event and we look forward to doing it all again next year.”

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