July 4th was ‘National Thank You Day’.  This is an annual event when people are encouraged to give thanks to the community.

A huge part of the National Thank You Day celebrations were the rainbow steps inside Accrington Market Hall. Unveiled by Hyndburn BC, they were installed to recognise those who make a difference every day. Importantly, they will act as a lasting reminder of the community strength shown throughout the pandemic.

Thanks to the Community

Some of the area’s community champions were chosen to represent the many organisations, businesses and volunteers in the area.  These have been key in actively supporting the borough over recent months. They were welcomed to a small, socially distanced ceremony in Accrington Market Hall.

Hyndburn council leader Councillor Miles Parkinson was proud to attend. “I am really pleased to see the smiles the rainbow steps have already brought. Ahead of National Thank You day, on behalf of all at Hyndburn Borough Council, I give my deepest gratitude.”

Nigat Sultana, CEO of East Lancashire Alliance, has been leading the vaccination response in Hyndburn. She attended on behalf of the NHS and healthcare workers.

She was proud to be involved and gave a heartfelt statement. “It has been a year like no other and under tremendous pressures, our health care staff have given so much to keep our community safe. We have successfully vaccinated 80% of adults in Hyndburn.  This is down to thousands of people working together. To everyone involved, thank you.”

Angela McKeefery, Participation and Engagement Officer at Carers Link Lancashire, attended on behalf of all unpaid and paid carers.  She shared some statistics and local facts as she gave her thanks to the community.

It is estimated around one in eight people are a carer and the pandemic has meant everyone, be it paid or unpaid, has faced additional responsibilities they maybe never imagined. It has been incredibly isolating for so many people and I hope our community can come together with me to say thank you to all those who give their time to help others.’’

Community Spirit

The community spirit has been important over the last 18 months so was highlighted by some of the attendees.

Jemshad Ahmed is the Trade Representative for Hyndburn Taxis. He attended on behalf of essential workers and businesses who have kept the community going throughout the pandemic.

Everyone who is a supermarket worker, a taxi driver, delivery driver or has worked in any essential role, thank you,” he said.

James McBride, the headteacher at West End Primary School, attended on behalf of education staff.

He said: “It has been difficult for everyone in the education sector. They have all done a tremendous job and I would also like to thank the parents of Hyndburn, who stepped up and supported us throughout.”

Visit the National Thank You Day Steps

Accrington Market welcomes you to visit the National Thank You Day steps so you can see the tribute to everyone in the community who has worked hard in the pandemic.

So on behalf of Accrington Market, thank you.