Celebrating Our NHS

by Michael Ford last modified 03 Jul, 2020 09:52 PM

This weekend we are all being asked to celebrate and remember the NHS.

Celebrating Our NHS

Courtesy Graham Hunt

On Sunday, it will be 72 years since the NHS and our social care system was established, and no one is in any doubt that amidst the celebrations there will be time to remember and reflect on the most challenging year in its history.

The weekend will begin on Saturday evening, with a moment of remembrance and reflection for those we have lost during the pandemic. This is a chance for the nation to come together and pay our respects.

It is being led by the Together Coalition, and we are asking people to place a light in their window or on their doorstep.

Many buildings across the country and our Diocese, including churches, will be lit up blue as part of this collective memorial, and as a mark of respect and tribute to NHS staff, key workers and everyone who has played their part during the pandemic.

The NHS is also encouraging people to take photos and share them via social media using the hashtags #LightItBlue and #ThankYouTogether.

Then on Sunday, the anniversary of the day the NHS was founded in 1948, our churches will spend time in their worship remembering and celebrating in preparation for #Thankyoutogether at 5pm.

The whole country is invited to come together at 5pm to applaud all those who have been helping us through the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.

Broadcasters will suspend normal transmissions at 5pm.

Everybody will be encouraged to stop what they’re doing and join with others (following social distancing advice of course) in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.

Following the applause, it is hoped that people will enjoy a drink or a cup of tea and reflect with family, friends and neighbours on the bonds that have sustained us in recent months and will continue to do so.

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