Celebrations will take place all over the Country this weekend 4th and 5th of July 4 which will conclude in an epic pause for applause at 5pm on Sunday the 5th. This huge country-wide coming together will give Britain the chance to thank 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 as people across the country pause what they’re doing to think of others.

The National Health Service, founded in 1948, turns 72 on July 5.

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 let’s all enjoy a drink or a cup of tea and reflect with family, friends and neighbours over the garden wall, on the bonds that have sustained us in recent months – with those still shielding also encouraged to take part in any way they feel able to.

The NHS itself will be saying its own big thank you to everybody who has helped it continue doing its job in the face of the biggest health challenge it has ever faced.

On Saturday evening, July 4, everybody will be asked to put a light in their windows in remembrance of those we have lost during the pandemic.

Public buildings will be lit up in NHS blue, including the Royal Albert Hall, Blackpool Tower, the Shard and the Wembley Arch.

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive, said: “This year has been the most challenging in NHS history, with staff displaying extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion to care for the 100,000 patients with Covid-19 who needed specialist hospital treatment and many others besides.

“During this testing time our nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists and countless more colleagues were sustained by the support of the public, not least through the weekly applause for key workers.

“No health service, not even the NHS, could have coped alone with this coronavirus pandemic.

“From bus drivers and teachers to care staff and food retailers and, of course, the public who took action to stay at home to stop infection spreading, everyone played their part.

On Sunday 5th July mark the birthday of the NHS by joining together to say a big “thank you” to everyone who is helping us through these difficult times, from carers and helpers, to friends and family. And make a promise to each other to get through the months and years ahead, together!


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