Photo by Nathan Wyburn. @NathanWyburnArt
An initiative to say thank you
18 months ago, Jane Hughes purchased the domain name ‘Thank the NHS’ with no more than an idea that at some point in the future she might be able to create a way to gather thanks for the NHS. At the time she was completely unaware of what 2020 had in store and the huge pressure that the NHS would face. The Coronavirus situation prompted her to bring this idea to life and the website https://www.thankthenhs.co.uk/ has now gone live.
This is a national not-for profit initiative that enables businesses/companies small and large, public figures and celebrities to pledge gifts and experiences that will be awarded to individual NHS staff of all levels - all based on pledging through kindness and generosity.
Inspired by seeing her own niece work so hard as a team member in the NHS, Jane decided she wanted to do something during the pandemic whereby as many NHS heroes could receive recognition and thanks. The concept of ‘Thank the NHS’ was born. Businesses, public figures and celebrities can pledge gifts and experiences directly through the website. NHS staff will then be able to register themselves or nominate deserving colleagues for any of the pledges listed.
Excited at finally launching the initiative Jane commented “We are now just starting stage one which is to reach out to businesses/companies, public figures and celebrities to ask if they are able to pledge a gift or experience which will be awarded to an NHS member of staff. I hope they will want to join us and say thank you in their own unique way. We hope to get a wide range of pledges that will appeal to NHS staff of all ages and interests and perhaps some ‘money can’t buy’ experiences too.
Through the initiative we can create a big collective thank you through generosity and kindness. The more pledges we can gather the more NHS staff will be in with a chance of receiving one of the pledges in recognition of all that they have done and continue to do. A great big collective and tangible thank you from us to them. Stage two will involve opening up the website for NHS staff to register themselves or nominate a colleague for any of the pledges listed, followed by names being randomly selected to win the pledges and then the pledger and the winner being put in touch with each other”.
Jane has been supported by a number of companies who have given their time and expertise. Design by Day in Manchester who built the website, Mantra Media in Sheffield who will be running the social media campaign, PR Consultant’s Claire Strachan and Katy Pollard who are helping Jane to get the message out there and artist Nathan Wyburn who without hesitation offered the use of his amazing montage created in March as a tribute to NHS staff.
Jane explains “ I simply could not have done this on my own, at times I have been overwhelmed how much everyone I have asked has been willing to help to bring this idea to reality...all with a strong desire to show gratitude for the wonderful staff of the NHS. I personally can’t thank them enough. Without them this would have just remained an idea.”
Businesses/companies small and large, public figures and celebrities wanting to get involved simply need to visit the website https://www.thankthenhs.co.uk/ and click on ‘Make a Pledge’ and upload the details of their pledge.
Each pledge appearing on the site will also have its own individual page where any additional or company information can be added including web/social media links. If pledgers wish, there is also the option to add a personal message of support to the NHS.
There are already some great pledges including hospitality tickets from Everton, a signed bottle of champagne from actress Lily James and an overnight break for two at the award winning Ragdale Hall Spa, to name but a few. No gift is too small or too large. We hope that with the launch of the initiative more pledges will follow.
The focus is on the gratitude of those giving, and the happiness and smile that the pledge will create for the NHS member of staff.
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Photo by Nathan Wyburn.