"Thanks for saving my life, I owe you massively" - Star readers share one thing they'd say to NHS staff

After what can only be described as a horrendously tragic year for the city and the nation, we asked our readers, ‘if they could say one thing to NHS staff, what would it be?’ And, you did not disappoint. This is what they had to say...

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 4:02 pm

'From the bottom of my heart thankyou for everything that you are doing in these terrible times'. as Churchill once said "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" Thank you’, said Darren Miranda.

Yvonne Bradford aimed her words at the government when she said; “Give them a decent payrise they have flogged their guts out to keep people alive risking their own lives in turn.”

In words that could only come from deep within, Jeanette Blackwell said; “Thank you to the staff on critical care at the Hallamshire Hospital for saving my life. I cannot put into words how I feel about each and every one of you x”

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STOCKTON-ON-TEES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: NHS staff members gather outside the entrance of University Hospital of North Tees to show their respects and applaud Captain Sir Tom Moore on February 03, 2021 in Stockton-on-Tees, England. WWII veteran, Sir Tom had raised nearly £33 million for NHS charities ahead of his 100th birthday last year by walking laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. He was admitted to Bedford Hospital this weekend after testing positive for covid-19 and died on 2nd February with his family present. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust recently thanked Captain Sir Tom Moore for providing the funds for two new staff ‘recharge’ hubs. The Trust received £100,000 from the Stage one and second wave NHS Charities Grants, part of the money was raised during the 100-year-old retired soldier’s epic 2020 fundraising ‘garden walk’ for NHS charities which inspired the nation during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Terry Lowell shared a sentiment that is echoed by so many of us; “I am so sorry that people think clapping makes up for electing a government that is determined to run you into the ground.”

Jason Haynes thinks the support should come from all sectors; “Thank you, I really think that football should pay respect to you guys before kickoff. What did you get a few games when they clapped? You deserve a lot more than that amazing work” — clapping is a nice sentiment… but sadly it doesn’t resolve anything, just creates attention. Much more should be done.

Jennifer Pringle is clear about where the finger should be pointed, when she replied; “The government robbed you! And thank you”, and Hazel Kennedy said’ You should be very very proud of yourselves.”

"Stay safe stay strong keep up the good work and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you and your colleagues do x", said Sandra Firth, and Patricia Green is simply; “Grateful.”

And Donna Williams says that NHS staff are; “Worth your weight in Gold. Give them a pay rise 4 all our sakes...”

Diane Holland added; “Thank you your doing an amazing job as always” and Paul Metcalf says; “Thanks for saving my life, I owe you massively.”

Martyn Lee says that; “You all need knighthoods and a bucket loads of money. You have all saved my life and millions of others.” Nikita Annice Harston added “Thank you so much for everything you do, not just during this pandemic. Your hard work and dedication is so so appreciated and we are so lucky and grateful to have you.”

And, Barbara Woodhead said; “Thanks very much for the work you have done over the last year.” Heather Chappell says that she is; “So proud of you all” and Wendy Croft said; “Thank you, and give them a decent pay rise.”

Marion Manterfield wanted to say; “Thank you for working so hard during this pandemic” and Andrea Craven also added; “A big thank you to all Key Workers you all have done wonders.”

Joanne Flecknell nailed it with her reply; “The obvious thank you for working so hard. Not just nurses and doctors, but midwives have been brill, clinical support staff but also the forgotten staff cleaners, porters and those who provide food and drink.” Vicky Wilmot added; “You are worth much more than you are paid, Thank you all so much!” and Laura Helen said; “Thank you, you are all amazing. You always have been but have gone above and beyond these last 12 months.” Debbie Wray wrote; “Thank you for putting yourselves at risk for the sake of others.”

Eva Lorraine Newsam responded by saying; “Just thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.” And Marie Marriott enthusiastically responded with; “GREAT BIG THANK YOU you should be proud of your selves in what you have a cheaved in the past year God bless you all x.” Vicky Wilmot said; “You are worth much more than you are paid, Thank you all so much!”

"You are all Angels and very underpaid” says Patricia Gorman, and Jules Mosley requested that you all; “Keep your amazing sense of humour and spirit.”

“Pay rise for them and extra holidays they done a brilliant job", says Sharon Burrows — and we couldn’t argue with that… it’s certainly been a trying year for all of them and everybody else… but it is certainly not over yet.

And there are simply so many positive platitudes for the efforts that we couldn’t possibly list them all here… but it only feels right to end on this from Josephine Hargreaves, who said; “Everyone that works in hospital are wonderful people. My husbands been in both of the cities critical care units, since December. The staff are fantastic, keeping us updated, coping with the several phone calls a day from us, they always gave us the truth, and supported us through the bad times! Thank you to all of you dedicated, passionate, caring people that's looking after my husband. Words cannot express how much we love you all and we can't wait for all this to be over, so that we can come and meet you face to face, and give you all big hugs!”

Thank you to all of the NHS staff, in every department from all of us at The Star.

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