Last Thursday night was the first Thursday the nation did not take to their doorsteps as part of the Clap for our Carers campaign.
However, many grateful Brits are now seeking new ways to show their appreciation of NHS workers, carers and other key workers who have gone above and beyond for the nation.
From ice cream to medals NHS Charities Together initiatives have many ways to show support and raise funds to help the NHS
Give a medal to a key worker
Sterling Mint, has launched a range of medals for key workers. The pure silver medals have been designed to recognise all those that have and risked their own safety to protect others during the COVID-19 pandemic. With 100% of the profits from the sale of The Heroes of 2020 pure silver medals going to NHS Charities Together. The total donation is expected to be £2,000,000.
Ellie Orton, Chief Executive at NHS Charities Together, said:
“The Heroes of 2020 campaign is a wonderful way to recognise the remarkable commitment made by key workers whilst also raising funds for NHS staff, volunteers and patients. Our COVID-19 appeal is about giving back and supporting to those who have done so much for us, and this campaign is a lovely way to do this.”
There are 11 designs featuring key workers available in a 1oz medal and retailing for £49, or a 2oz version, retailing for £99. The obverse of the medal is inspired by the George Cross, the nation’s highest award for civilian bravery and is an appropriate recognition for the Heroes of 2020. The pure silver medals are available to purchase from Sterling Mint.
Aldi has created a rainbow coloured ice-cream that will be sold at £1.99 per 1L tub. All profits, equivalent to 50p per tub sold, will be split between NHS Charities Together and Teenage Cancer Trust. The fun and colourful vanilla and raspberry ripple flavoured ice cream is finished with a rainbow sprinkling of hundreds and thousands. This follows the supermarket’s commitment to the key workers and volunteers during the crisis.
Biggest ‘thank you’ card
Card Factory, the national greetings card chain, is coordinating a campaign for thousands of people across the country to say ‘Thank You’ to the NHS. They will then make the biggest-ever greetings card at their manufacturing site near Bradford – breaking the world record, at over 18m tall. Get involved by adding your name to the card.
Hope the Rainbow Fairy
Make Believe Ideas has created ‘Hope the Rainbow Fairy’; a picture book created to help young children understand the pandemic and lockdown, as well as to raise funds for NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. It tells the story of Hope, whose Fairyland home is struck by a ‘fairy flu’ that forces everyone indoors. Still, she finds a novel new way of spreading colour – and hope across the land. ‘Hope was thrilled that Fairyland had more colour than ever,’ goes the tale. ‘The fairies were connected, safe at home, but still together.’
Some celebrities, such as Alan Carr and Suranne Jones have recorded audio and visual recordings of the book.
Why show support?
By supporting NHS Charities Together you can support NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by COVID-19 across the country. NHS Charities Together is a registered charity in England & Wales (no. 1186569).
The money donated through these initiatives is supporting NHS staff, volunteers and patients in ways above and beyond what NHS funding can ordinarily provide, including wellbeing packs, rest and recuperation rooms, electronic tablets for isolated patients to communicate to loved ones. The funds will also resource vital care partnerships and longer-term mental health recovery of staff and families.