Marking ‘Thank You Day’- 5 July 2020

5 July 2020 marks the 72nd Anniversary of the founding of the NHS, and it has been designated as a Thank You Day for all those who have helped us through the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is very fitting that we mark the day by offering our thanks to the Health

David Sterling, Head of the NI Civil Service
and Social Care Services who have helped to get Northern Ireland through this crisis, and who are continuing to make sure we are safe and well and protected from harm.

But it is also a time to thank everyone else who has got us here – care workers, delivery drivers, shop workers, police, fire service, volunteers, bus drivers, community workers, carers, the people who stayed at home, the people who self-isolated, people who missed seeing their families and friends – and of course, Northern Ireland Civil Service staff across all departments and agencies and arms’ length bodies who have ensured that essential services have been maintained in these very strange and challenging times.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us in unprecedented ways – but it also unleashed a tide of kindness, helpfulness, caring and support within all sections of our society; and encouraged new innovative and inventive ways of communication, coping and working together.

2020 will be remembered as a challenging and daunting time, where many people suffered loss, grief, fear and pain - but also as a time of learning and caring and re-engaging.  We offer our thanks to everyone who has helped us through the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to better times ahead.

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