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The NHS, along with all the key workers, have been UNBELIEVABLE over lockdown! So thank you! I’m sure that with the COVID restrictions, it has been much harder to work in Medicine and you deserve credit for keeping the UK going through this tough time. I, along with the rest of the country, have thoroughly enjoyed the clapping on Thursday evenings, as it is a way of congratulating and showing our appreciation for our lockdown heroes. Today (Thursday 17th September), at 10:09 am, we all took the time to go and wave at the NHS Spitfire, flying over our school grounds. Under the wings, it said: THANK YOU NHS, and on the topside are the names of the people who have died during this awful pandemic. This was an opportunity to not only remember but to honour the NHS heroes again.

I’m sure the 2020 Spring and Summer has been difficult for everyone, with new restrictions coming out weekly and uncertainty going ahead. As all of the children across the UK are now all back at school, things are starting to move again. It feels so wonderful to be back with friends and to learn in the classroom again. I am just grateful for the freedoms that we have today, that are, in part, due to the special care that the NHS has taken of us. We are all very proud of our health service.

Over lockdown, there were other people who put their lockdown time to good use. Captain Tom (who turned 100 in lockdown) was inspirational and raised millions for the NHS. He sums up my point perfectly: ‘All of them, from top to bottom, in the National Health Service, deserve everything that we can possibly put in their place. They're all so brave. Because every morning or every night they're putting themselves into harm's way, and I think you've got to give them full marks for that effort.’


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