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Mark and celebrate 72 years of the NHS

Everybody across the country is being encouraged to come together on the 72nd birthday of the NHS, Sunday 5th July, to thank not only NHS staff but all key workers, good neighbours and all those who are helping to get us through this period of the pandemic.

The NHS has been working with the newly founded /Together coalition to build a national moment where we can thank everyone who has helped them – and one that aims to reinforce the social connections we will need to get through the next stage of the crisis.

Annemarie Plas, the founder of the Thursday night clap, is backing the initiative to hold the biggest thank you in Britain’s history. This will be the moment to unite, come together and thank all those helping to get us through this crisis.

As part of the campaign, there will also be a minute’s silence on Saturday 4 July to remember the tens of thousands of victims of the coronavirus. At the same time people will be encouraged to light candles in their windows in remembrance.

Ruth May, Chief Nursing Office for England, said:

“The NHS’ birthday is an important moment when we say thank you – to staff across the health service, but also to all those who have supported us as we’ve been tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone’s had a part to play, and community spirit has been one of the few positives of this time. Throughout its history the NHS has brought the whole country together, treating everyone based on need not ability to pay. So we’re honoured that the /Together coalition has chosen the NHS' birthday to pull the country together.”

 To find out more visit the NHS Charities Together website.

Published on 04 July 2020