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Thank You Day 2021

by Michael Ford last modified 03 Jul, 2021 12:04 AM

This Sunday (4th July), Bishop Karen joins millions of people throughout the UK, celebrating all that has got us through the past 18 months and thanking everyone who has helped us, from shopkeepers and teachers to neighbours and fellow worshippers.

Bishop Karen has made a video in support – watch it here. She says:

“We can say a big thank you to all those who help us in life and make it better – all those who give to the work of communities, towns, villages, hamlets throughout our country.

“And we need to remember as Christians to do that always, for all those who serve us as we serve others. Throughout our Diocese, throughout Wiltshire and Dorset, there are so many people who help make life better.

“We are really grateful for you.”

Watch the whole clip here.

Thank You Day was started by 13 individuals from different corners of the UK and is now supported by 100s of organisations including the NHS and the Royal Voluntary Service, the Mirror, the National Citizens Service, the Scouts, UK Music and UK Sport.

1000s of events are being planned across the country, including a ‘Power Hour’ with mass community tidy ups, Big Lunches, ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ moments, and a BB-Thank-Q - the nation’s biggest ever Cook Out led by Levi Roots.

Schools across the country are contributing to a giant national thank you card and many local authorities and businesses are getting involved, using Thank You Day as an opportunity to say Thank You to their communities, to local volunteers, and to their hard working colleagues.

The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, says:

“We’ve all got someone to say thank you to this year. Whether it’s the neighbours for checking we were okay, the delivery drivers who kept food on the shelves, the volunteers who helped get the vaccine out, or the kids for keeping us entertained – we want to get together to say thank you to them all.

“The day before the NHS’ birthday, it is the perfect opportunity to say thank you to everyone who deserves it and celebrate the spirit that has got us through the pandemic so far. Following the recent announcement of a delay to lockdown restrictions easing, this spirit will be needed all the more over the coming weeks.”

Ways to get involved include:

  1. Circulating information – this one-page letter gives more information on the campaign and has details of how churches can get involved.
  2. By saying a huge public thank you on social media in the run up to and on Thank You Day from you to people and organisations who you know have gone ‘above and beyond’ over the past year.
  3. By visiting a person or organisation that you know deserves an especially big thank you ahead of the day.
  4. By attending a Thank You Day event in your community on the 4th of July - and sharing what you are doing ahead of time to encourage others to get involved too, whether through a newsletter or through the local press.

There is a range of assets and resources on the Thank You Day website to use and adapt.

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