Day of thanks for NHS and frontline heroes

Published Thursday, 01 July 2021

Coventry and the nation will next week say a special thank-you to the NHS staff and frontline workers who have helped us all through the pandemic.

Thank you

Monday 5 July marks 73 years since the birth of the National Health Service, and this year on the anniversary and over the weekend, the country will celebrate the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers.

It is a time of thanks for the amazing work of the many key workers and unsung heroes who have put the safety of others first ​since the COVID crisis first began. It is also a time to remember those who lost their lives to the virus while helping that work.

People around the country are asked to say their own message of thanks to people such as doctors, nurses, care workers and those on frontline services such as shop staff and the many Council colleagues who have kept vital services running.

Lord Mayor Cllr John McNicholas, said: “We have always known how special our NHS is, but these past months have made us treasure it even more. We all owe such a debt of thanks to the doctors, nurses, paramedics, volunteers and others who have cared for us and our loved ones and kept us safe.

“It is a time too when we remember the efforts of all frontline workers. We thank the shop staff, our care homes, and we also thank our Council colleagues.

“Many have been on the frontline since the very first days of COVID delivering vital services. They have helped schools stay open, collected waste, cared for the elderly and vulnerable and so much more. Our colleagues have also volunteered to help run  testing and vaccination centres, along with getting food and medicines to those who were shielding.

“There are so many to thank and I am delighted that this special event has been created so we can all put aside some time in our lives to reflect on the work and the sacrifices of those who have helped to protect us.”

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council, added: “COVID has presented so many challenges and the people of our city, and colleagues here at the Council, have risen to meet them all.

“​Coventry will give thanks for the amazing people who have given so much and we will remember the tragic loss of those who have fallen victim to the virus.

“We have been through a terrible time and COVID has affected each and every one of us in  different ways. There has been hardship and loss. But we have also seen such caring and bravery from so many who have selflessly risked so much to help those who need it.

“Thank you to every one of our heroes, in the NHS, the Council and all the many other areas. Coventry will be proud to pay tribute and I urge everyone to take some time and say their own thank-you.”

A national two minute silence will be held at 11am to remember those we have lost, and alarms will sound in the Council House and Friargate. Colleagues working remotely are encouraged to take part and managers and meeting organisers are asked to acknowledge this and leave time.

Events will include a doorstep clap at 8pm on Monday when people are invited to show their appreciation from their doorsteps. At this time, church and cathedral bells will be rung 73 times – one for each year ​of the NHS.

The event will also help to raise money for two causes – the NHS Charities Together, which supports 250 hospitals and their charitable trusts, and the National Care Association, representing 1.6 million workers caring for some of society’s frailest citizens.

If every household, business, school and organisation raises just £5​, it will make a massive difference to these amazing causes.

To find out more about the day and how you can help raise funds, visit the NHS website.

If you or your teams are doing anything to mark the day, let us know by emailing  [email protected].

Coventry City Council