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Reach ask the nation to show love and support to NHS workers

The publisher says “thanks a million to the NHS”.


On the front lines of the nation’s battle against coronavirus stand the incredible staff of the NHS. From the surgeons to the porters, the nurses to the catering staff, the physios to the midwives, and the paramedics to the GPs - these heroes battle adversity each day to help us all when we’re at our most vulnerable.

From cradle to grave, the NHS, and the incredible professionals who work in hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics, care homes and more, is a part of British life. But in the context of the extraordinary circumstances we now find ourselves living in as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, what they’re doing is superhuman, and we’ve never needed them more.

Today, more than ever, we should cherish those who dedicate themselves to our care, heedless of own health as they work tirelessly to care for people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. They share the same fears, uncertainties and anxieties that all of us do. They have children at home to care for, vulnerable parents and relatives to consider, underlying health conditions to protect. But through it all, they put the safety and well-being of all of us in front of their own, working round the clock to ensure they do the best they possibly can for those under the care.

It’s time to say thanks.

Today Reach launches its NHS Heroes campaign to make sure all the amazing people of this wonderful organisation know exactly how much they mean to the nation. It is asking you to show them love by helping create a living map of gratitude from every corner of Britain. By dropping a heart on the map, you’re saying you appreciate the efforts undertaken daily in the NHS.

To pledge your support:

  • Go to www.thanksamillionnhs.co.uk   
  • Add your postcode to put a heart on the map and show your support for the heroes of the NHS
  • Share the page to encourage others to show their support.

Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing which represents half a million UK nursing professionals said: “Our members will be extremely grateful for such a show of support and appreciation. In the most difficult days that are still to come, the country will see the best of its nursing staff. We’re here to keep reassuring you through this situation - whether that’s over the phone, in the GP surgery, at a care home, in your own home or in a hospital.

“It’s my job to make sure nurses look after themselves too and can do what’s right by their own parents or children as well as you. I have every faith that the professionalism and decency of Britain’s nurses will keep us going.”

Lloyd Embley, group editor-in-chief for Reach plc said: "As we tackle the biggest national crisis in a generation it is our amazing NHS staff who will, once again, selflessly put our health above their own.

"We wanted to find a simple way for people up and down the country to demonstrate their love and support for them. 

"All of Reach's newsbrands are immensely proud to back this initiative. Please join in and send your thanks and love to an incredible army of people."

Thanks a million, NHS workers - we love you.

Reach 20/03/20

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