Every JPIMedia title and website in the country is to celebrate local NHS Heroes today.
The #healthheroes campaign — which follows the nationwide regional press campaign #ThereWithYou — goes far beyond hospitals. It also shines a light on those other vital key roles from carers and shop workers to refuse collectors and bus drivers as they play their part.
The UK-wide project has been timed for a Thursday as it is on Thursdays at 8pm that millions stand on their doorsteps to applaud health workers leading the nation’s fight against coronavirus.
Websites are running galleries of heroes who have been nominated by friends and relatives.
It’s a simple gesture — but one that captures the heartfelt praise so much of us want to offer to everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers, key workers and those in other essential roles.
And that message was echoed by Her Majesty The Queen earlier this week as she praised the “dedication to service” of nurses, midwives and other health workers during the coronavirus outbreak in a message to mark World Health Day.
She added: “In testing times, we often observe that the best of the human spirit comes to the fore; the dedication to service of countless nurses, midwives and other health workers, in these most challenging of circumstances, is an example to us all.”
So that is why today more than 100 titles across JPIMedia have come together to say thank you and salute those who are making a difference in the communities they live up and down the country.
Here is just a selection of the #healthheroes galleries across the UK:
Jeremy Clifford, editor-in-chief, said: “We have heard so many great stories of key workers who are continuing to work that we wanted to pay tribute to these in a big statement across our portfolio of products.
“As a result of an appeal to readers, we have been inundated with photos and messages. We hope that by putting them on our home pages and front pages, we are playing our small part in thanking those workers.
“Our readers have spoken of their pride in the NHS; they have shared photos of those on whom we have rarely depended more and they have shared their heartfelt messages of appreciation to those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep our nation safe and healthy.
“For JPIMedia’s titles it is an opportunity to join together as a collective force to celebrate and champion those in the heart of our communities. After all, we live in those areas, we love those areas and we care about those who live there. They are quite simply our heroes — and they mean so very much.”
Show your support for the incredible work being done by those working on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. Join our Facebook group and follow the dedicated Instagram page to read stories of everyday heroism and share your own messages.
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