A picture of Edge Hill's main building lit up in blue.
Edge Hill’s main building lit up in blue – Please note the building photograph is a stock image as we are adhering to Government guidelines and unable to send a photographer for new imagery while the campus is closed to all but essential key workers.

The biggest ‘thank-you’ the country has ever seen will take place on the birthday of the NHS this weekend (4th and 5th July) and will culminate in an epic pause for applause at 5pm on Sunday.

Edge Hill University will be joining in this national coming together which will give everyone the chance to thank all those who have been helping the country through the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.

With 2020 being the hardest year the NHS has seen to date the University – as one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West – will take this anniversary as an opportunity to reflect and appreciate the near two million staff that make up the NHS.

Paramedic students learning new skills © Edge Hill University

This weekend the University will celebrate the contributions of key workers, including its own students who volunteered to help the NHS through the pandemic; trainee teachers who continued to provide support in classrooms educating the children of key workers; and colleagues in Facilities Management who have been keeping the Ormskirk campus safe and secure during lockdown.

A picture of nursing students learning on a training ward.
Edge Hill nursing students © Edge Hill University

Adult Nursing student May Woodward, currently in her second year of study, was one of more than 750 nursing, midwifery, operating department practitioners (ODPs) and paramedic practice students who volunteered to support the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic, overcoming her own personal fears to work for the public good.

She said: “Even though I am still in training, it has been an honour and privilege to be a part of this profession. Since I have actively been out on placement or helping in the Covid-19 wards, I now know what people mean when they say being a nurse is a calling.”

The University will be lighting the main building in blue on campus this weekend to pay tribute to the amazing work the NHS and key workers do.