A quilt celebrating 75 years of the NHS is to go on display this weekend alongside messages of support from over 3,000 people.

The quilt, designed by people from across Brighton and Hove, is part of a project celebrating the service ahead of its birthday in July.

Described as representing a “coming together” of people from across the community, the quilt will go on display across the city alongside messages of appreciation.

Sean de Podesta, from the Sussex Defend the NHS campaign group, said: “Since 2018 I have been going around the city listening to people’s experiences of the NHS. I know how precious it is to so many people.

“The Threads of Survival Exhibitions are an opportunity for people to see something beautiful, to reflect on what the NHS means to them, and what we need to do to ensure its survival.”


Many of the squares on the quilt share messages of appreciation for the NHS as well as pointing to the crisis facing the healthcare service.

The quilt will go on display at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church in Kemptown from Saturday, July 1 until Monday, July 3.

It will then go on display at the Onca gallery in St George’s Place on July 5, the NHS’s official birthday, until Monday, July 10.