A Cumbrian health leader is urging people to vote to help the News & Star's NHS campaign win a national award.

Our NHS 70 campaign celebrated all that is great about the NHS in north and west Cumbria.

Now it is in the running for a top Making a Difference award.

But we need you to vote before today’s 5pm deadline.

Prof Robin Talbot, chairman of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The NHS 70 celebrations last summer were really special and we were delighted that the News & Star took this opportunity to share them with the community.

“Our strong links with the newspaper meant that stories about our services, staff and how things have changed were featured every day in the run up to the birthday. It was an important part of our celebrations locally and generated a lot of support and appreciation for our staff.”

The annual Making a Difference award is given to a newspaper that knows its local community and campaigns on issues that matter to its readers.

Our NHS 70 was a positive campaign in the run up to the 70th birthday of the NHS, celebrating the people behind it.

Running for 70 days, we shared the stories of nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants and support staff from across the area, as well as the patients they have helped.

They included an interview with Cumbria’s first transgender nurse, Rachael Ridley, who spoke out for the first time about her personal battle, and features on Carlisle's NHS 70 parkrun.

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before 5pm today.