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NHS honours retired weekly journalist for 65 years of voluntary work

The National Health Service has honoured a retired journalist to mark his 65 years of voluntary service.

Peter Green, a former Mansfield Chad chief district reporter, has been recognised by the NHS for his work in roles including press officer and trustee.

Peter, now aged 90, received a framed special certificate of recognition “in appreciation of his outstanding dedication and commitment to improving the patient experience in healthy and social care for more than 65 years”.

The award was presented by Dr Amanda Sullivan, accountable officer of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups, at a board meeting last month.

Peter Green

Peter entered local journalism with the former Mansfield Advertiser in 1943 , moving on to the Chad when it was amalgamated with the former Mansfield Chronicle in April 1952 to form the Chad.

He is believed to be the last surviving member of the Chad’s original journalistic team.

In 1954, Peter was invited to join the local hospital’s League of Friends as its press officer.

A year later, he became a committee member and trustee and went on to serve the group for more than 50 years.

He was involved in many of the local league and hospital developments including the formation of the ‘Daffodil Voluntary Service Group’ in 1963.

At one time the group served nine local hospitals and health care centres and had more than 1,000 volunteers.

Within the League of Friends he became county, regional and national deputy chairman and he also chaired, and helped form, many NHS local and county working groups and committees with patient involvement.