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A huge thank you to NHS workers from Organise members across the UK

For Christmas this year, Organise members are thanking all NHS workers for their incredible work year round. These messages are from members across the UK who want to express our gratitude and solidarity during the festive period.

Roxana Khan-Williams
December 14, 2023

Over 10,000 people sent personal messages of thanks to NHS workers – here are just a few of them:

"Thank you for looking after me & keeping my wife alive."

"Thank you for all your hard work, I appreciate all your support. We can forget you as you are our light in this difficult time - Merry Christmas."

"Thank you for being OUR NHS staff from cleaners, porters and everyone else. Where would we be without you?"

"I would like to say a big thank you to all NHS staff who are making our lives better with the hard work and dedication you are all providing. I have a special needs daughter and the NHS staff are a lifeline when it comes to her care at hospital, doctors or clinics. Thank you very much!"

"Thank you all so much for what you do. Where would we be without you? Your hard work and dedication is truly appreciated. You all deserve to be treated and paid better. Thank you so much again. We should all be eternally grateful for the NHS."

"Thank you for everything that you do, my wife is a senior staff nurse so I realise just how stressful your job is. Pity our government doesn’t appreciate all the care and hard work that you do."

"There is so much I would like to say - I can't thank the NHS staff enough for the way they have supported my daughter through her mental health issues and my mum through end of life cancer.  Everyone has been so kind and so wonderful and we are very, very lucky to have them."

"I have recently been in hospital and I cannot thank NHS staff enough. The nurses do a fantastic job under lots of pressure, working with a shortage of beds and also a shortage of staff in every ward I was on. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do, you are indeed angels."

"To all the staff at Walsall Manor Hospital, where would we be without you? Special thanks to all staff in Room 106 and all staff associated with the Cancer Care Unit, a big THANK YOU."

"All you marvellous people working in the NHS have been wonderful to me and my family. Thank you all so much."

"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for your kindness, dedication and devoted care under horrendous circumstances."

"You've done so much - we are so grateful that you're there, thank you."

"Keep going, though it's gruelling: remember that your work makes a profound difference not only to those in your care but to the ones that love them, too."

"You were very kind to both my parents when they had to be admitted to hospital. I am so sad that the government does not give you the pay rise or the free parking at work that you all deserve. Perhaps with organisations like Organise behind you we can all make this happen. Thank you."

"Thank you to all the neonatal nurses - you have done a great job. Our baby is home and is settling in, words cannot express our gratitude for your care and answering all of our questions, all of you are a credit to society and we can’t thank you enough."

"The past two years and more, having given birth to my first and only child and had one emergency operation and due to have another, I have seen and felt first-hand in the last two years alone how much you all do and how many lives you impact in such a positive way (not just the patient). I hope you know how much of a difference you make and get the value and worth you all deserve."

"Keep up the fight, we are all behind you, and hope to support you on the picket line."

"Thank you for all that you do! Any strikes and call for better work conditions will be supported by so much of the public - please do go for what's yours and take care of yourselves!"

"I recently underwent surgery and the nurse who looked after me, Jane, could not have been more of an angel. She looked after me so well and made a scary ordeal easy to get through. To all the nurses, doctors, surgeons and porters who have looked after me over the years, I can never thank you enough. And particularly the nurses, porters and junior doctors, you all deserve much more pay. Thank you for everything."

"I can't thank the NHS staff enough... 3 times in the past 2 years I've had to access emergency support. Thank you for the amazing treatment I experienced. I cannot comprehend the immense stress you've all under gone in the past 3 years and more. You are amazing and I will never take the NHS (or it's staff) for granted."

"A big thank you to all the staff who looked after me during my stay in hospital after heart surgery. You all go above and beyond. Working in the care sector myself, I know exactly what you have to deal with day in day out."

"You are caring, you are dedicated, you are professional, you are amazing, you are wonderful. A huge thank you to every one of you. And a happy and peaceful Christmas."

"Will always be grateful to the NHS for saving my life during the pandemic. Their selfless care and attention pulled me through. On life support and in a coma for 13 days in ICU. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

"I'm always grateful to the NHS, despite this government's attempts to privitise it."

"I remember in 2009 I had a massive stroke, and without the NHS I wouldn't be here. Solidarity & Thank You NHS"

"You are wonderful. You looked after me when I was lucky and was diagnosed early with breast cancer earlier in 2023. You are succesful so far, looking after my son who has multiple myeloma. You were there when I went to A&E with AF. You cared for my great granddaughter who is 2 months old when she had a bout of rotovirus. Is there nothing you won't do to keep my family safe. Thank you all so much. Have a great Christmas."

"Dear NHS staff, thanks for all you do to keep a free and reliable health service going. Well done for persevering with your pay claims to maintain reasonable pay levels. I know this took sacrifice and agonising choices for some of you. Thanks for working long shifts and supporting vulnerable people who are not always easy. Greetings for the festive season whatever way you celebrate."

"You saved our lives after the house fire. Will be forever grateful."

"We would be completely lost without each and every one of you. You give so much and receive so little. I can’t begin to show you all the gratitude and respect I feel with my words alone but they are heartfelt and all I have. Thank you."

"To all NHS workers in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, we cannot thank you enough for all you do through very difficult times.  I hope you are all rewarded for your dedication and that we never lose our wonderful NHS. I know how hard things are just now as I have a family member who is a nurse.  Please know that we all care and I hope things improve wherever you work."

"We appreciate your hard work! Sending love for Christmas and a better 2024."

"Dear NHS workers, it's hard to put into words the level of respect I have for you all. You have been systematically underfunded and undervalued over the last 13 years, but yet you continue to give your best. Both I and my family are incredibly grateful to you all for your dedication and care."

"Our national heroes. We love you all from the cleaners to the porters to the top surgeons. Long live our NHS!"

"We couldn’t be more grateful for you. May this coming year see proper pay rises and support for the NHS."

"To all NHS workers, I am sending my solidarity, love and gratitude to you to thank and support you in all the magnificent care and work you do for us. I will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in all that you do and all that you fight for. Thank you."

"Want to send a massive thank you for caring so much for us clinically vulnerable people as well as those that are sick and suffering. Thank you for the sacrifices you make every day and I hope you have the best Xmas and new year possible"

"Hello to all our wonderful NHS workers, nurses, doctors, midwives and support staff. We are so lucky to have you when we are in need to help with our pain, illness and anxiety. Please have a wonderful celebration over the festive season and into the New Year. You are so appreciated by so many."

"Wishing whomever gets this message a wonderful peaceful stress free Christmas, because you're part of one of the greatest institutions we have in the UK, one that nearly every person will need or interact with in their lives. I have a heart problem which means I have had to have many hospital appointments and procedures, and I am eternally grateful to all you wonderful NHS staff who made every visit as stress free as possible and pleasant. So once again hope you have a fantastic Christmas and a peaceful new year and you get the pay you deserve."

"I stand with you and always will. Your altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, honesty and social justice are your foundation. The fundamental principles that unite you, your colleagues and  that's why you have us the public with you all the way. Together we will not be defeated. Thank you."

"Thank you so much to everyone who keeps the NHS going, from cleaners all the way through to surgeons, you are incredible. I have never been anything but knocked sideways by your dedication, kindness and hard work."

"Thank you so much for being there for us all when we need it most. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!"

"I wish I could show my gratitude in ways other than claps on a doorstep. They won’t pay the bills. But please know, we are on your side, when you strike for better pay, better conditions, anything that makes your job bearable - we see you. The majority of decent people are with you. We want you to be happy and secure in your job because our country could not continue without the wonderful workers of the NHS. Thank you for everything you do."

"Thank you for the best care in the world with the best national health service in the world. I'm so grateful for you lifesavers and all the front lines you work incredibly hard to keep things going under huge pressure and underfunding. You all do amazing jobs!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!"

"I would like you all to know how much you are loved and appreciated for what you do. Few of us can understand the difficulties that you job throws at you, the emotional rollercoaster of a shift can be tremendous and you are expected to begin it all again tomorrow. Without your selfless dedication we would be bereft so, from the bottom of my heart and with every fibre of my being, thank you for being you."

"I would like to take this time to thank you for everything you do. We all know how exhausted you must be feeling and how low morale still is. You do an amazing job and please never forget that. Everyday you are saving peoples lives and helping make their family and friends feel safe. I know a few words doesn't seem much but I hope it helps you feel needed and know how much we all care for you. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2024."

"Thank you all so much for everything you do. I and my family support your strikes for better pay and conditions. Love and hugs to you all."

"Thank you for your hard work you are all amazing, compassionate and strong. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and get to spend some well deserved time with your family and friends. Thank you and Merry Christmas."

"Thank you for everything you do for us all. Please look after yourselves as you are crucial for everyone’s well being and the system doesn’t protect you so you must protect you! Thank you for your amazing skills and caring - as a society we are lost without you."

"Dear NHS workers, and Ada and Helen, thank you for your extremely professional help over the years, my life would have been very difficult without your support. All the people who have helped me through my cancer and my heart problems are wonderful. Wishing you all a very peaceful and happy Christmas to you and your families."

"I've been in hospital since 29th June and appreciate everything you've ever done for me. I will never be out of your debt. Thank you and a Merry Christmas."

"You’re all amazing stars. We are so fortunate to have you in the NHS and appreciate how much you do under extremely difficult conditions. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!"

"NHS workers do an amazing job & are not appreciated or rewarded the way they should be. They are hard working & dedicated persons. They provide a service that is unmeasurable & very valuable to the community & country. We wish them all a wonderful Christmas & Happy New Year 2024."

"You all have my gratitude and thanks for looking after my 2 daughters who might not be here today without you all."

"The NHS is a national treasure and you, the staff, are the gems that make it precious beyond compare. Thank you for all you do!"

"Love you guys. We're right behind you in your fight for fair wages."

"Dear NHS staff, you make a difference to everyone you meet. Never give up & know your hard work is appreciated by millions of us around the country."

"To all the nursing staff around the country, have a Happy Christmas and New year. I know how hard it is for you and your families as my wife will be working over the Christmas holiday. My love goes out to you all, take care and enjoy your time with your families."

"Thank you for all you do for us, the early mornings and late nights, the missed breaks, the sore feet, the tiredness that weighs down your bones. Thank you for the grief and pain you absorb while helping others. You are appreciated and admired by many you will never meet who pray for you and wish you well every day."

"Your work is among the most important in the world and is much appreciated by the people of this country. I have been on the picket line to support your cause for better reward for the wonderful work you do. Much love."

"I cannot thank you enough for the treatment love and support I have received on my cancer journey at Sheffield Royal Hallamshire and Weston Park Hospitals, all staff are wonderful."

"I thank every nurse, doctor, receptionist and pharmacist that have helped me throughout the year. I could not have got through some difficult times without their care and support. Eternally grateful, hoping they get the recognition they deserve when the next government takes over. Thank you."

"You took such good care of my Mum before she passed away 3 years ago, I will never forget how patient, caring and nurturing you all were. You all deserve a pay rise and I will support you all the way. This government doesn't have a clue and has made us all very unhappy."

"Thank you to all the staff of Royal Blackburn Hospital for saving my life, after my cancer diagnosis."

"Thanks to all the fantastic people who give all they have got, and then more, to help us."

"Thank you to ALL NHS workers whether it be clinical staff or those that work diligently helping to keep every day running as smoothly as possible under stressful situations, the cleaners, porters, cooks, ward clerks, and more. You deserve more than claps. May you ALL have a happy, healthy, peaceful Christmas and may the new year be kind to you all."

"Diolch am bopeth. Diolch am fod yno pan roedd eich angen arnom. Diolch am eich gofal tyner a’ch cyngor doeth. Efallai nad yw’n ymddangos bod y Llywodraeth yn Llundain yn eich gwerthfawrogi cymaint ag y dylsent, ond mae’r cleifion YN eich gwerthfawrogi. Bendith ar bob un ohonoch a diolch eto."

"To all who work in the NHS, including cleaners, porters, nurses and beyond, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication."

"Whatever job you do in the NHS, from nursing to healthcare to domestic duties and porters, you are all much appreciated and we couldn’t do it without you. You’ve made such a difference to my life and many that I know. Remember that you do great things and your time, effort, emotions and energy are appreciated."

"Two years ago, I got out of hospital in time for Christmas with my family. The week before, I had nearly died. I am so grateful to all the staff of the NHS who worked so hard to keep me alive. Thank you."

"I want to thank you all in the NHS who work so hard and make us better. My husband had a heart attack a month ago, was rushed into hospital and had stents put in. You saved his life. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The care you gave him was the best care anyone could receive. You work so hard and I will be forever grateful. Thank you again, merry Xmas and a happy new year."

"There are no words to thank you enough for all that you do. We are so grateful and appreciate your kindness when we are at our most vulnerable."

"You are all amazing people doing amazing jobs - thank you, thank you, thank you. We are all totally behind you in your fight for better pay and better working conditions - please keep going, don't let them grind you down."

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for devoting your precious time as a priority for helping others during the festivities. Illness doesn't take a holiday, so this is important work which is very much appreciated."

"My daughter has been in several hospitals this year. So many nurses have cared for her, we have been very lucky to meet these dedicated and caring professionals. I hope each and every one of them manages to have some respite and time with their own family members. Thanks a million to you all!"

"I have in the last 10 years while being treated for multiple myeloma met some of the best nurses ever. As a nurse myself for over 40 years I am well aware of the skills, expertise, knowledge and empathy needed to be a good nurse. My team treated me throughout Covid, made sure I was kept as well as possible. All across the UK our wonderful nurses have done the same. Please care for yourselves you great people."

"You are all stars 🌟"

"Thank you one and all from receptionists, through to nurses and radiologists, all the way through to consultants as they have been caring for me throughout my prostate cancer journey! Thank you one and all!"

"I'd like to thank each and every one of you for the care and consideration given to your patients (especially to my brother in his terminal illness). In the face of staff shortages, stress and low pay you continue to give your best. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you all the very best for the year ahead. With love and season's greetings."

"You do fabulous work for all of us hope you have a great Christmas and get a rest. We could not ever do without our nurses."

"A massive thank you to all NHS staff. You are all amazing , going well over and above the call of duty.  I'm behind you all the way in achieving better pay and conditions which you so deserve."

"Thank you so much for all your care, hard work, dedication and compassion. Every day you make an unparalleled difference to so many people's lives. I really hope that you know how much you are appreciated, and wish you the peace and happiness in your own life that you truly deserve."

"Thank you for the tireless work you do every day that so often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. It is appreciated."

"A big thank you for being such kind, caring, devoted people towards patients. To ALL staff from cleaners, nurses, doctors, consultants and receptionists. Thank you for working and saving our NHS."

"Thank you for all your hard work in these trying times. We understand you work long hours for little rewards and even less thanks sometimes. Stay strong, safe and well and know that like me thousands of people appreciate your commitment and dedication. Without you this country would be in a big muddle. Whether you are cleaners, nurses, doctors, surgeons, consultants or admin staff, thank you all."

"You NHS workers are amazing. You work so hard and yet are kind and patient. You deserve to be paid more and have better working conditions!"

"As an NHS retiree I know the amount of work you do and the pressures you are under. Thank you for all you do and I will always support you in your efforts for better pay and conditions and staffing levels. Happy Christmas to you all."

"Thank you all for taking care of others all day, every day, no matter how tough it gets. Putting your own and your families' lives at risk to help sick and suffering patients, carrying on despite the very obvious lack of support from our government. I send you my love and enormous gratitude for still being there - I am wondering who is looking after you!"

"You, the NHS, have given this country everything. You work far above and beyond the call of duty, because you know what you do is right. The odds you work against are ever increasing, but you still press on. Thank you. Thank you for keeping my father, my cousins, my grandparents healthy and thriving for so long. It appals me that you are under threat from this government. We, the people, will fight for you as you have fought for us."

"Thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe and healthy. In solidarity."

"Your work and dedication, especially in the most difficult of time, is beyond value. Whether you are a doctor, a nurse, a porter, a hospital cleaner or delivering any service to the NHS you have put yourselves at risk to keep our health service going. You are heroes one and all. Thank you."

"I owe my life to the NHS having chronic illness for many years, and recently mental health issues. I can honestly say I would not be here without the support of the various departments in the NHS. Angels all."

"A big thank you to all the hospital staff whatever role you are in, whether it's a cleaner or a nurse, doctor, etc - we owe you so much for everything you do. Your hard work and long hours to take care of us and keeping us all safe. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we love you all."

"Fellow NHS workers, keep up the wonderful amazing work you do… without you there wouldn’t be a NHS!"

"Thank you isn’t nearly enough for everything you have all done. You have my respect, gratitude and thanks."

"You guys save thousands of people's lives. I'm never going to stop campaigning for better working conditions and pay for everyone who works in the NHS. Keep being awesome - we'd be lost without you! Much love!"

"Thank you for all of your hard work and kindness. I am chronically ill and disabled so I rely a lot on the NHS. I don't know what I'd do without it."

"As a fellow union member (RMT) and having been shafted ourselves by the government, I’m with you 100%. My wife works in a care home and my daughter in law is training to become a nurse, so I’ve an idea what you are all going through!!! Keep your chins up, keep the NHS free from privateers and keep fighting for a fair and equal pay!! We love you NHS!!!!!"

"Thanks to all the staff in the NHS for always going above and beyond for our health. I really appreciate all the sacrifices you make every day. Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas."

"Sending a huge thank you to all of you hardworking NHS out there!! Hoping for a brighter future!!"

"Wishing you all a joyful Christmas. May you have strength to help you through your busy days, the support of your fellow workers and shared smiles with your patients. You have my unending gratitude and support. Happy Christmas."

"Thank you so much for all the incredible work you do even through the toughest of times."

If you're not an NHS worker, you might be interested to know that together we're chipping in to print thousands of these messages onto heartfelt postcards and post them to hospitals across the country. It’s £3.80 to cover the cost of a handwritten postcard, and the more we raise, the more postcards we can send. Let's pass on these messages of solidarity and gratitude to NHS nurses, doctors, midwives, porters, and other incredible staff members while they're on shift this Christmas - click here to cover the cost of sending a postcard now.


Roxana Khan-Williams

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