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Sheffield celebrates the country’s first ever national Thank You Day

Thank You Sheffield with an illustration of a rainbow

Sheffield will be joining the country’s first ever national Thank You Day on Sunday 4 July and has teamed up with local businesses and residents across the city to say our own thank you to the people of Sheffield in this short video.

The city centre will also be decorated in thank you messages over the weekend, calling on residents to join in  and get involved via the Thank You Day website.

The celebration has come about after more than 100,000 people called for a national 'Thank You' day to thank the people in our local communities who helped us through the Covid-19 crisis.

The campaign is encouraging people across the country to get creative with their neighbours, friends and family and join in a nationwide thank you celebration*. From a BB-Thank-Q cook out led by celebrity chef Levi Roots to raising a glass or mug to the volunteers who got us through the past year in a Cheers For Volunteers, Thank You Day is being marked across the country in innovative ways to get as many people as possible involved, however they can. Take a look at the Thank You Day website for more activities you can get involved in.

The idea has the backing of favourite household names including the, actor Michael Sheen, astronaut Tim Peake, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, theatre artistic director Kwame Kei-Armah, adventurer Bear Grylls, presenter Gary Lineker and chef Ainsley Harriott, and even the Archbishop of Canterbury, alongside organisations such as the FA, Royal Voluntary Service, The Church of England and the Scouts.

Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council said, “As we look forward to enjoying a relaxation in restrictions this summer, it’s important that we reflect on what we have overcome this last year, and so a day to say ‘thank you’ to those in our local communities who helped us though the crisis has come at the perfect time.

“There are so many people I would like to thank but I’ll start by thanking the thousands of frontline workers and volunteers who soldiered out into the community to deliver essential services to keep our city going and keep our most vulnerable residents safe.

“I encourage everyone to take part in Thank You Day this Sunday 4th July to thank yourselves and those around you however you can, and I hope it acts as a reminder of what brings communities together and how we can foster these connections long after the Pandemic is over.”

Executive Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, Councillor Douglas Johnson said,

“It has been a city-wide effort to look after each other and I’ve seen first-hand how ordinary people have gone above and beyond doing extraordinary things to help their family, friends and neighbours, and I think that everyone deserves to know how grateful we all are.

“I’m really pleased to support this campaign that gives us the opportunity to thank all of the amazing people in our city for their generous acts of kindness, great and small, throughout this difficult time.”

*Government guidelines are still in place, so we ask everyone to celebrate whilst adhering to the current guidelines.