A nationwide day of thanks is taking place on Monday 5 July.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster, introduces the day as follows: 5 July 1948 was an historic moment in our country’s history. It was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to everyone. We have treasured it ever since, but never more so since March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and utterly changed all our lives.
We were suddenly at war with a ruthless, invisible enemy and on the front line were our NHS doctors, nurses and paramedics, plus platoons of critical workers keeping our shops open and stocked, our streets safe and our essential services running.
Now we have the chance to show our gratitude to all NHS and front line staff with an annual day of thanks, and remembrance of those who lost their lives because of this dreadful disease.
Residents are encouraged to join in with the below activities which we hope will take place across Quarrington Hill and Coxhoe.
At 1.00pm ‘Raise a toast’ to the heroes of the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers.
Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, one word has been used to sum up the nation’s opinion of our NHS teams and all the frontline workers: Heroes. The country will be asked to pause at 1.00pm and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice to join in the Nation’s Toast – “To those who give so much, 24 hours a day, seven days a week within the NHS, social care and on the front line, we thank and salute you.”
The Nation’s Toast will be led by Captain Katy Connor from the top of Slive Donard, Northern Ireland; Katy Espresatti and her two daughters, Tiana Sophie Espresatti, 7, and Kaila Emily Espresatti, 11, from the summit of Ben Nevis, Scotland; Rowena Roberts from the top of Mount Snowdon, Wales, and Tara Haines, from Scafell Pike, England. They will represent the women who are constantly playing such a brave and vital role in our battle against the virus.
Following the toast, why not continue to mark the day from 1.00pm by having a Party at Home.
At 8.00pm join in the Clap for Heroes. Clapping in the street to show our support for those waging the battle against coronavirus was an amazing, spontaneous and heartfelt reflection of the public’s appreciation. So let us all again open our doors and windows, stand in our gardens, streets and other locations, and applaud the unstinting efforts of those people who are still saving lives and keeping essential services going.