There were lots of ways for people to get involved in commemorating the birthday of the NHS and social care.
Here are the main activities we organised nationally.
Thank You Day
On Sunday 4 July, the day before the NHS turned 73, the Together coalition led a national day of thanks and recognition to celebrate the incredible work of our NHS staff, all key workers and others in our communities who helped us through this challenging year.
May Parsons, the nurse who gave the first COVID-19 vaccine to Maggie Keenan, and many others supported the initiative.
The NHS Big Tea
At 3pm on the NHS’s birthday (Monday 5 July) people took a moment to reflect and raise a mug in collective thanks.
On Saturday 3 July, the NHS held a special memorial service in the Blossom Memorial Garden in East London to remember NHS colleagues who sadly died during the pandemic.
Light It Blue
While marking all that the NHS had achieved, we also remembered those who lost their lives to COVID-19 during this simple act of respect.