This Sunday, 4 July, is ‘National Thank You Day’, where people are encouraged to high-five their community and give thanks.
Ahead of the celebrations Hyndburn Borough Council have unveiled rainbow steps inside Accrington Market Hall, to recognise those who make a difference every day and to act as a lasting reminder of the community strength shown throughout the pandemic.
Some of Hyndburn’s Community Champions were chosen to represent the many organisations, businesses and volunteers who have helped the borough, in a small socially distanced unveiling at the Market Hall.
Nigat Sultana, CEO of East Lancashire Alliance, has been leading the vaccination response in Hyndburn and attended on behalf of NHS and healthcare workers:
“It has been a year like no other and under tremendous pressures our health care staff across the board including marshals, nurses, cleaners, doctors, and administrators have given so much to keep our community safe. We have successfully vaccinated 80% of adults in Hyndburn and this is down to thousands of people working together. To everyone involved, thank you.”
Jemshad Ahmed, Trade Representative for Hyndburn Taxis, attended on behalf of essential workers and businesses who have kept the community going throughout the pandemic:
“Everyone who is a supermarket worker, a taxi driver, delivery driver or has worked in any essential role, thank you. It has been hard, businesses have struggled and we have all faced challenges we could have never predicted. I am really pleased to be attending today on behalf of all those who may not be frontline, but have been out every day keeping our economy and community moving under difficult circumstances.”
James McBride, Headteacher at Westend Primary School attended on behalf of education staff who have worked throughout the pandemic:
“It was a pleasure to be here today and see the rainbow steps in person. It has been difficult for everyone in the education sector. Staff have had to adapt quickly, learn new skills and navigate ever changing guidance. They have all done a tremendous job and I would also like to thank the parents of Hyndburn, who stepped up and supported us throughout.”
Angela McKeefery, Participation and Engagement Officer at Carers Link Lancashire, attended on behalf of all unpaid and paid carers:
“It is estimated around 1 in 8 people are a carer and the pandemic has meant everyone, be it paid or unpaid, has faced additional responsibilities they maybe never imagined. It has been incredibly isolating for so many people and I hope our community can come together with me to say thank you to all those who give their time to help others. Relatives, neighbours, volunteers, paid staff, young or old… everyone supporting our community and vulnerable people, thank you.”
It is expected over 16 million Brits will take part in the national campaign with events such as sing-a-longs, litter picks and a ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ organised by www.thankyouday.org.uk. Visit their website to plan your day!
Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE, Leader of Hyndburn Council said:
“I am really pleased to see the smiles the rainbow steps have already brought. These have been installed as a lasting reminder of all the great things our community can achieve when we work together. Ahead of National Thank You day, on behalf of all at Hyndburn Borough Council, I give my deepest gratitude and invite everyone to join us and celebrate this weekend.”
Accrington Market Hall is open Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm (until 1:30pm on Wednesdays) www.accringtonmarket.com