People around the UK are being urged to celebrate and commemorate health, care and other essential workers this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, says UNISON today (Thursday).
It will culminate in what is hoped to be the biggest ever clap for carers on Sunday (5 July) as the country shows its appreciation for the health service and those who have been keeping people safe throughout the pandemic.
UNISON has become a partner in the /Together coalition, which has the goal of healing divisions in society and reuniting communities over the course of the next decade. It is backed by NHS bodies, businesses, civil society organisations and celebrities.
On Saturday evening (4 July), the group is calling on everyone to commemorate corona-virus victims, whether key workers or members of the public, by putting a light or LED candle in their window to show support.
Then at 5pm on Sunday, the anniversary of the NHS’ creation, people across the UK are encouraged to join the biggest ever ‘clap for carers’ to thank all key workers, as well as raise a safe and socially distanced cup of tea – or a drink of their choice – with neighbours.
UNISON also hopes that everyone will act responsibly as the birthday celebrations coincide with the reopening of pubs in many parts of the UK.