POP star Peter Andre and his doctor wife Emily will join millions on their doorsteps at 5pm today to applaud the NHS on its 72nd birthday.
The couple and their children urged Britain to cheer the loudest they have so far to thank all the doctors, nurses and key workers before a socially distanced toast to mark the institution’s anniversary.
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Emily, 30, who has daughter Amelia, six, and three-year-old son Theo with Peter, has been working on the front line throughout the pandemic as a junior NHS doctor.
Peter, 47, also dad to Junior, 15, and Princess Tiaamii, 13, said: “Come on Britain, let’s give the biggest and loudest clap of all tonight to say thank you to our amazing NHS.
“This time it’s not just to be thankful, but to celebrate the NHS’s 72nd birthday, so we should all get behind it.
“I’m so proud of Emily and all of the NHS staff. What they have gone through to help all of us is beyond comprehension.
“Every person who has worked on the front line to help this country get through one of the hardest moments in our lifetime is a hero.”
After the clap, instead of heading back indoors, The Sun on Sunday would love you to raise a glass — it can be your favourite tipple, soft drink or even a cup of tea — with your neighbours.
Peter said: “We will be joining the country and we can all use this time to have a catch-up — at a safe distance, obviously — with neighbours, friends and family.
“Or use the time to get in touch with someone who is alone and would appreciate a chat. Or someone who helped you during the pandemic — say thank you to them as well.
“This pandemic has brought out the kindness in us all.”
While we show gratitude to the nation’s key workers tonight, Peter said it is also time to remember those who lost their lives or are still battling Covid-19.
He added: “My heart breaks for all those that have been affected and lost loved ones and their livelihoods.
“This is not over, and we all still need to look out for each other and be careful. Tonight let’s celebrate the wonderful NHS because we are so lucky to have a healthcare system like this.
“Happy birthday, NHS, and thank you for everything that you do for this country.”
Lord Richard Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust, will also join the clap.
He said: “It’s a last chance to show our shared appreciation to health workers, retail workers and all the other key workers who have kept the nation going through this crisis.
“I’ll also be clapping for the thousands of people who have volunteered their time in recent months to help out neighbours in need — volunteers from local charities and groups which have delivered meals, provided care packages and offered virtual counselling to the isolated and the bereaved.
“I’m privileged to see stories of these local heroes every day.
“While a round of applause usually signifies an ending, the work of these volunteers is far from over.
“The crisis in communities continues.
“So I’ll be at my doorstep thanking community caregivers for all they’ve done so far, and for helping to keep their communities going in the challenging months to come.”
There are a number of ways communities around the country are planning to show their appreciation for the NHS tonight.
On Main Road in Hextable, Kent, locals will toast the NHS and key workers with a G&T or pint while banging on drums and tambourines.
Following the clap, neighbours in Compass Heights, Plymouth, will raise a glass and have a long-awaited catch-up.
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