Saying thank you, together

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Published: 26 June 2020

Who do you want to say ‘thank you’ to? Please visit Together Coalition to take part in our national #NHSBirthday #ThankYouTogether

The 5 July 2020, which is the birthday of our NHS, is about saying thank you to everyone without whom the NHS wouldn’t have been able to respond to coronavirus.

NHS Chief People Officer, Prerana Issar

What a year it’s been…

2020 has been the most challenging year ever for our NHS. Our staff at every level have gone above and beyond to respond to COVID-19 in truly remarkable ways. They have adapted their ways of working and looked after each other as well as caring for friends, families and loved ones. And sadly, some have lost loved ones, and yet have continued to work and support colleagues. The NHS has faced up to the onslaught of COVID-19 and thanks to our staff, we are weathering the storm.

Yet we don’t only have our wonderful staff to thank. Many of us can relay stories of how people in our local communities have rallied round to help one another, going the extra mile to help elderly and vulnerable people. As a result, we have experienced a renewed sense of community spirit in our local communities. Therefore, to mark the next NHS birthday – 72 on 5 July! – we would like to thank everyone who has helped and served their community, not just NHS workers but the key workers and volunteers who through their service to their communities have helped to ‘protect the NHS and save lives.’

#NHSBirthday #ThankYouTogether

The 5 July will be a moment of solidarity for everyone to reflect on everything our communities have recently endured, stand in solidarity to mourn our losses, and thank those who are risking so much to keep us safe. Thanking everyone from truck drivers and cleaners to doctors and shelf stackers, all of the key workers who have kept us going. It will also be a thank you to our neighbours, the ones who did the shopping, got the prescriptions, kept an eye on each other or simply did their best to stay home and save lives.

Who do you want to say ‘thank you’ to? Please visit Together Coalition to take part in our national #NHSBirthday #ThankYouTogether

Post your thank you messages on our Facebook and Twitter pages using #NHSBirthday / #ThankYouTogether


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