Update: A Big Thank You to Leeds’ Winter Heroes

In January, we told you about The Big Thank You campaign, commissioned by the NHS CCG working with Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police, British Transport Police and community and voluntary organisations.  Here’s an update on how it’s going:

Since 6 December 2018, when the campaign was launched, over 1,000 messages of thanks have been received, some by people whose community spirit may not otherwise have been recognised so widely:

A grateful parent whose son’s life was saved after a traffic accident:

“My son and I would like to say a massive thank you to Mr Sugarman, Mr Turner and Mr Kanakaris – those surgeons, their colleagues and all the staff in A&E were amazing throughout. We are forever in your debt. Words cannot express how grateful we are.”

Someone who had lost his keys, found by a stranger:

“A really big thank you to the lady at Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park for finding my keys and using her detective skills to track me down and return them. Me and the kids would have been absolutely stuffed if I’d lost those keys!”

Some were grateful to hospital staff for their own treatment:

“I want to say a Big Thank You to Mr Simpson and the Maternity Team for saving my life after a Post-Partum Haemorrhage just over 4 years ago. Myself and the family will always be so grateful and their amazing work will always be in my thoughts.”

Messages of thanks are being shown on the Millennium Square widescreen, and the Big Thank You post box makes appearances at events across the City.

Many people have also pledged to be a ‘Winter Hero’.  This means looking out for their neighbours – and actually taking more care of themselves by having the flu jab and ensuring they keep warm.

To find out more about the campaign or say your Big Thank You, visit: bigthankyouleeds.co.uk

Feature image provided by Magpie Leeds.

Helen’s interests are wide-ranging, from food to music to art and comedy.   She is especially keen on writing about local charitable activity and events as well as the opportunities the City Region has to offer to those with hidden talents.


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