“Being a member of UNISON gave me confidence and inner strength”

Health workers in Wales will be honoured this weekend as part of  celebrations to mark 75 years of the NHS.

Bevan Day will highlight the contribution of staff across the health service since its inception in 1948.

The event on Sunday July 2 at Bedwellty Park in Tredegar will also see the unveiling of a plaque to acknowledge NHS workers such as Morriston Hospital staff nurse Marjorie Magsino (pictured above) who moved to Wales from the Philippines almost 20 years ago.

Marjorie said: “Back in 2004, a life changing decision took me to a place I’ve never known before, a place called Wales in the UK in search of a better future in my career and family life, both financially and in fulfilment of my dreams.

“Working in the NHS has helped my family and relatives back in the Philippines receive better financial support, specifically helping with medical expenses, home improvements and sending kids to school which is one of the reasons why Filipino nurses like me work abroad.

“For the past 19 years, I have raised my own family, extended my relationship with colleagues and friends, helped people in need by being involved  in some charitable, cultural and personal outreach works.

“Being a member of UNISON gave me confidence and inner strength. Despite of unfavourable circumstances that came through my life here, I got a sturdy wall to lean on.

“I’ve also given advice to colleagues and friends undergoing difficulties to reach out to union representatives and get help and support which they found was really helpful.”