Surrey Heath Borough Council’s offices will be lit blue this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS.
Surrey Heath House in Camberley, which is also home to NHS Surrey Heath CCG, will be lit up on Saturday 4 July to pay tribute to the NHS and all of its staff who have responded so effectively to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Camberley Theatre will also be lit blue as part of a wider programme of events organised nationally to mark the NHS anniversary.
On Saturday 4 July, the day before the birthday, a moment of remembrance and reflection will be held for those who have been lost during the pandemic.
This is a chance for the nation to come together and pay their respects, and NHS England has asked people to place a light in their window or on their doorstep to mark this.
On Sunday 5 July, the day the NHS was founded, the whole country is invited to come together at 5 pm to applaud all those who have been helping us through the pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.
Everybody will be encouraged to stop what they’re doing and join with others (following social distancing advice of course) in their streets or neighbourhoods to applaud not just the NHS and other keyworkers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.
Leader of SHBC, Cllr Alan McClafferty said: “After lighting up Surrey Heath House and Camberley Theatre on Thursdays through lockdown to pay tribute to all those doing such vital work across Surrey Heath, and the country in general, we are pleased to be able to do so again to mark the NHS’s 72nd birthday.
“It’s particularly fitting as we share a building with NHS Surrey Heath CCG, with whom we work closely along with other healthcare partners.
“This is one way we can show our appreciation to NHS staff, and all keyworkers who have kept us safe, and our communities running, through the pandemic.
“It is also a mark of remembrance those whose lives have been lost to Covid-19.
“I encourage people across the Borough to join in the Moment of Remembrance on Saturday at 8 pm, and the #ThankYouTogether clap at 5 pm on Sunday.”
During the lockdown, Surrey Heath House and Camberley Theatre were lit up on Thursdays to coincide with the 8 pm ‘Clap for Carers’ and ‘Clap for Keyworkers’, which saw people across the country showing their appreciation for NHS staff and keyworkers.