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Epic pause for applause to mark 72nd birthday of the NHS

02 Jul 2020by lindseyh

Health and care organisations across the Black Country and West Birmingham will be taking part in the biggest ‘thank-you’ the country has ever seen with an epic pause for applause at 5pm on July 5th, the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

This major country-wide coming together will thank all those who have been helping the NHS through the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.

Broadcasters will suspend normal transmissions at 5pm as people across the country pause what they’re doing to think of others.

In line with social distancing guidance, everybody will be encouraged to stop what they’re doing and join with others in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.

Locally, health and care organisations will be saying their own big thank you to everybody who has helped the NHS face one of the biggest health challenge it has ever faced. On Saturday evening, July 4th, public buildings and landmarks will be lit up in NHS blue across the Black Country and West Birmingham, including:

  • Himley Hall, Dudley Town Hall, Stourbridge Town Hall and Dudley Council House
  • Sandwell Council House
  • City Hospital, Sandwell Hospital, Rowley Regis Hospital and Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre (Sunday evening, July 5th)
  • Walsall Football Club’s M6 hoarding
  • Dudley Street, the fountains in Queen Square and The Youth Zone in Wolverhampton

Urging local people to take part in the applause, Jonathan Fellows, Independent Chair of the Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) said, “This is a fantastic opportunity not only to say thank you to the NHS but for all people who have done their bit to support communities across the Black Country and West Birmingham.

“There is no doubt that this year has been one of the most challenging in NHS history, with staff displaying extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion. However, what has made a huge difference is the remarkable support shown by the public, not least through the weekly ‘clap for carers’.

“I hope local residents can again show their support and gratitude this Sunday at 5pm to pause and applause all the work which has taken place in the last months and say a heartfelt thank you.”

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