The Council will be helping to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS on Sunday (July 5) by joining the nation in showing its appreciation to all health staff and key workers for their support and amazing efforts throughout the COVID-19 coronavirus national emergency.

Similar to scenes witnessed at 8pm on Thursdays over the past few months as part of Clap for Carers, residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf are being encouraged to show their support by applauding the efforts of NHS staff and key workers at 5pm on Sunday, July 5.

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Adult Community Services and Welsh Language, said: “The NHS has truly been a mainstay of our society for over 70 years, offering universal health care which is free at the point of access.  It is fair to say that this ‘birthday’ is like no other in its history, however, being in the midst of a global pandemic.

“The public holds our Health Service in the highest regard and this was evident with the millions of people joining the nationwide weekly clap from the safety of their own doorsteps, windows and gardens on Thursday evenings at the height of lockdown.

“Once again, to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, we have the opportunity to show our appreciation to all those doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and all other NHS and medical staff, as well as social care staff, who continue to work so hard to help all of those peoples and families affected by Coronavirus.

“It is also the opportunity for us all to show our appreciation for those on the frontline across a range of sectors, including retail, Emergency Services, and all of the Council’s own frontline staff who have worked throughout the national emergency, collecting waste, keeping schools hubs open, delivering community meals, caring for the elderly and vulnerable and co-ordinating the Council’s seven Resilience Centres.

“We all owe a debt of gratitude to all medical staff and countless others who have delivered for patients and their families, along with all those in the care sector.

"But we are also hugely grateful to the shop workers, transport staff, delivery drivers, teachers, refuse collectors, farmers, armed service personnel and other key workers who have kept Rhondda Cynon Taf going.

“We also want to thank the public for their support throughout the national emergency - from those who put rainbows posters in their windows, to all those who followed the advice to save lives by staying at home to slow the spread of this terrible virus.

“And as we give thanks, it is also important that the human cost of COVID-19 is never forgotten and we remember all those who have sadly lost their lives in 2020.”

On the evening of Saturday, July 4, residents are asked to display window posters to remember those people who lost their lives to COVID-19. At noon on Sunday, July 5, we will then show our appreciation to NHS staff and all of our key workers. Please share with us your photos and short videos via social media.

Let’s all put our hands together and say a massive THANK YOU!
Posted on Sunday 5th July 2020

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