A CHARITY concert in York held by physicists and clinical engineers celebrated the NHS at 70 and raised more than £500 for a good cause.

Members of the York-based charity, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), performed at the concert at the National Centre for Early Music in the city.

Attended by the Lord Mayor of York, councillor Keith Orrell, Lady Mayoress, Judith Orrell, and Fiona Carragher, the deputy chief scientific officer for England, it was part of the celebrations to mark 70 years of the NHS.

It featured medical physicists and clinical engineers from around the country, who are all amateur musicians, performing a variety of classical, modern and choral pieces. Performance poet, playwright and musician Dave Jarman, recited a special poem in honour of the NHS at 70.

As well as celebrating the NHS, the concert was also raising funds for IPEM’s ‘Little Linac’ project. This aims to give every child under the age of 16 who is having treatment for cancer or leukaemia a free kit of model play bricks to help reduce their stress and anxiety.

Rosemary Cook, IPEM’s chief executive, said: “The concert was brilliant, everyone really enjoyed it and it was a great way to celebrate the NHS through music, song and poetry and at the same time we raised more than £500 for the Little Linac project, which is fantastic.”