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

Monday 5 July marks 73 years since the birth of the National Health Service, and this year the anniversary will become the first-ever NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day.

People around the country are asked to say their message of thanks to people such as doctors, nurses, care workers and those in frontline services such as shop staff, teachers, delivery services and bin crews.

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “On Monday, 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 and all the many other areas. On Monday, Coventry will be proud to pay tribute, and I urge everyone to take some time and say their own thank-you.”

This day represents an opportunity to show appreciation for the fantastic 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.

A national two-minute silence will be held at 11 am to remember those we have lost. Other events will be held throughout the day, including a doorstep clap at 8 pm 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 day will also help 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.

Lord Mayor, Councillor John McNicholas, added: “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 and others who have cared for us and our loved ones and kept us safe.”

“There are so many to thank, and I am delighted that this special day 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.”

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


Written by: David Watkins

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