2020 has been the most challenging year in NHS history and we could not have coped alone with this coronavirus pandemic without the support of the people of the North West.
This year’s NHS birthday celebrations are all about saying thank you to everybody who played a part in helping support and protect the NHS over the last six months. From our staff, bus drivers, teachers, refuse collectors to shop workers, food retailers and, of course, our families and the wider public who stayed at home to stop the infection spreading.
We will be joining the nation for ‘one last clap’ at 5pm on Sunday 5 July and to let these people know they are appreciated.
Leading up to the anniversary weekend members of Team NWAS will be thanking those people who have really helped them. From their family members and friends who have supported them to their local shop for keeping them refueled – everybody played a part no matter how big or small.
Deputy Chief Executive Michael Forrest says: “We have been overwhelmed by the public support for Team NWAS staff and volunteers; it has helped us through these testing times. We are taking this opportunity to thank you for all the special efforts you made to keep us going.
“I’m choosing to say thank you to our volunteers; more than 300 of them committed themselves to helping us through the peak of the pandemic and still continue to do so with more than 9, 685 hours volunteered! Their support and constant care and compassion for our staff and patients though this has been outstanding. Thank you.”
Whilst many of our staff and key workers will be working over the celebration weekend, there are lots of activities you can get involved in, including:
- Downloading the special thank you messages which can be coloured in and customised to name who you want to thank and displayed in your windows for people to see.
- Displaying a light in your window on the evening of Saturday 4 July to remember those we have lost. Using an LED candle, lamp or a torch.
Follow #ThankYouTogether for all the latest activities and you can find more information by visiting together.org.uk.