Thank the NHS: Bradford woman launches initiative to gather gifts and experiences for health workers

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Actress Lily James has pledged champagne for NHS staff Credit: Thank the NHS

A woman from Bradford has launched an initiative to say 'thank you' to NHS staff for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank the NHS campaign allows businesses, public figures and celebrities to pledge gifts and experiences that will be awarded to individual NHS staff at all levels.

Founder Jane Hughes says the focus is on gifts and experiences only, not money donations. All pledges are saved on the website and NHS staff can then register to nominate deserving colleagues for the awards.

Thank the NHS logo Credit: Thank the NHS

The process

  • Businesses, public figures or celebrities pledge a gift or experience

  • NHS staff register themselves or nominate a colleague for any of the pledges listed

  • Names of NHS staff randomly selected to win the pledges

  • Pledger and the winner put in touch with each other

Since the official launch a number of pledges have been submitted. These include hospitality tickets from Everton, a signed bottle of champagne from actress Lily James and an overnight break for two at Ragdale Hall Spa.

A Yorkshire gift hamper has been pledged Credit: Thank the NHS

There have also been pledges to donate a Yorkshire gift hamper, Sunday lunch at an award-winning restaurant, along with free annual drama classes and/or English tuition for the child of an NHS worker. 

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