Tens of thousands of people signed up to request a national thank you day on July 4th.
Given that communities across the UK are looking forward to having more freedom to meet and socialize this summer, we have launched a campaign to thank those in our local communities who have helped us tackle the Crisis have received great support.
The campaign calls on people to mark the day by meeting up with their neighbors, friends and family and joining a big nationwide thank you.
The idea was suggested by a small group of people from across the UK, including May Parsons, the nurse who delivered the UK’s first COVID shot in December in Coventry.
Together they issued an open invitation for people to join them: “Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on so many people and tested us in ways we never expected.” But for many of us it has also brought us closer together. Closer to our families and to our communities.
“As a country, we’re not always great at thanking each other. But this year we want to be part of changing that. To choose a day when we all stop to thank each other. To remember, what holds us together, not just what pushes us apart.
“We all have different people to thank, from family members to key workers, good neighbors to volunteers.” Please attend the very first ever participation in the country with your friends, neighbors and communities National Thank You Day on the 4th of July. And let’s say thank you together. “
May Parsons, the nurse who administered the world’s first Covid vaccine, said: “Thank you day gives me the opportunity to thank all of my great colleagues who work in the NHS and in social welfare.
“This has been the toughest year of our careers and you have all worked so hard to treat all of the sick patients who came through our doors while running the largest and most successful vaccination program in the history of the NHS.
“I would also like to thank the incredible volunteers who gave up their time to support us and those in their communities who needed help. I am very grateful to all of the people who have kept us going: the school teams, who looked after our children, shop staff, transport and delivery people, and everyone else who has helped keep us and the country going.
“We couldn’t have done it without you. I’m incredibly proud of our staff and volunteers, and I encourage everyone to take the Thank You Day and participate in any way they can.”
Julie Siddiqi MBE, a Slough community worker and another Petitioner of the Day, said, “We all look forward to the end of the restrictions, but that doesn’t mean we will all go back to ‘normal.” We can look forward to some To do things better than before. And we can start to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts and keep in touch with our neighbors.
The invitation from May, Julie and others has now been backed by well-known names including the Archbishop of Canterbury, actor Michael Sheen, astronaut Tim Peake, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, artistic director of the Kwame Kei-Armah theater, adventurer Bear Grylls , host Gary Lineker, and Chef and Big Lunch Ambassador Ainsley Harriott.
The call is supported by dozens of national organizations including Scouts, Girlguiding, Royal Voluntary Service, FA and Together Coalition. This follows the great public support of the health system on the occasion of its 72nd anniversary on the same weekend last year.
Catherine Johnstone, CBE, General Manager of the Royal Voluntary Service said, “In an incredibly difficult year, we were fortunate to have seen the best of human kindness. People across the country have come together to provide remarkable support to their communities, and these people deserve our heartfelt thanks.
“We are very proud to support“ Thank You Day ”on July 4th, which will give us all the opportunity to show our gratitude to those who have done everything to help the country with the pandemic.
“It’s fantastic that daytime volunteers have been recognized as having played a pivotal role in supporting our communities and the NHS across the country, both nationally and locally. I look forward to seeing everyone on July 4th for a well deserved one To see people. ” Day of thanks. “
In a video released at the start of the campaign, well-known people said who they would like to thank.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said: “I want to thank the person who has looked after my mother over the past year. She has been so generous with her time, spirit, and care. “
Michael Sheen: “I don’t want this to sound like a terrible Oscar speech, but I would like to thank our little daughter Lyra who has spent most of her life in Lockdown. Thank you Lyra for keeping us busy and entertaining and have no sleep. “
Bear Grylls said, “I will say a big thank you to my family and our amazing Boy Scouts volunteer. People and organizations across the UK have come up with their own ideas on how to make Thank You Day special.
The existing plans include
• Meet the neighbors for a street party or picnic over a “big lunch”.
• Special parking runs
• At 5:00 pm, raise a glass or cup of coffee to say “Cheers for Volunteers”
A spokesman for the Together coalition said: “A national Thank you day gives us all the chance to mark the end of this phase of the crisis and to thank everyone who has helped us.
“So many of us want this opportunity. But it also gives us the opportunity to look ahead and remember what matters and how we want to stay connected in the future.”