July 5, 2021 – A day to say thank you
July 5 is always an important date, it is the birthday of the NHS. But this year it’s extra special – it also marks the first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day.
Over 70 years after the NHS was created, we found ourselves dealing with a global pandemic. NHS workers, along with a raft of key workers from the emergency services and local councils, as well as teachers, shop workers and volunteers, became the critical lifelines keeping our lives and the country going.
This is our chance to thank every single one of those frontline workers, whatever their profession, and to remember those who sadly lost their lives to Covid-19.
Throughout the day there will be two ways for you to mark the occasion and show both thanks and respect.
11am – two-minute silence
Although this a day for celebration, it’s important to remember those who worked to provide key services on the front line and lost their lives in the service of others.
Throughout the country, the silence will be followed by the playing of the Last Post and Reveille.
During the silence we are also encouraged to take some time to remember the heroic spirit of Sir Captain Tom Moore, an inspiration during these unprecedented times who raised more than £32 million in sponsorship for NHS Charities Together (as well as raising our spirits).
8pm – clapping our heroes
Opening our doors on Thursday evenings throughout lockdown we could hear our communities clapping to show their appreciation of NHS workers and carers.
On this first ever NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day, let’s applaud all of those still saving lives and keeping essential services going.
Flintshire's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said:
“We have all experienced a very challenging and difficult 18 months and we have never been more grateful, not only for our National Health Service and all the people who work within it, but also to the army of care workers who are out there in our communities providing valuable care and support to those of us who need it most.
“As well as showing my appreciation today, I will also be taking a moment to remember those who are sadly no longer with us. I do hope you will join with me.”
To find out more, visit the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day website.