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Online service of thanksgiving will celebrate health and care workers across Cumbria

Carlisle Cathedral

A service of thanksgiving for health and care services across Cumbria will be live streamed from Carlisle Cathedral on Sunday November 1 at 6.30pm.

To ensure that Government guidelines and social distancing measures are adhered to, members of the public aren’t able to attend the event in person, but instead are able to watch it via a live stream on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.

The service will reflect the contribution made by health and care workers during the covid pandemic and celebrate the work of those on the frontline.

As well as remembering NHS and care staff who lost their lives, the service will also celebrate the contributions made by all those who kept health and care services working, and the families supporting those staff at home.

The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, the Dean of Carlisle, said: “The Cathedral is at the heart of our community and we want to mark and celebrate the contribution of the health and care staff caring for us all at this very challenging time.

“We have worked hard to make this a safe service and would invite people to join us on Sunday evening by viewing the live stream on our Facebook page.”

The service will include contributions that represent a wide range of health and care services including poems from frontline nursing staff, carers and mental health service users and music from health staff and the children of a GP. This includes a performance of My Heart is Blue written by resuscitation educator David Webster from south Cumbria for his NHS colleagues, and a performance by Daniel Sherret, Assistant Practitioner, at the Cumberland Infirmary’s  Hospital at Night Team who played the bagpipes every week during the clap for carers.

The service will be supported by NHS chaplains from across the county and by representatives of different faith groups. It will include an opportunity for members of our community to remember those who have died from coronavirus.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust Chief Nurse, Anna Stabler, said: “We want to remember and honour the contribution of our staff who passed away and also the enormous hard work and innovation of all health and care workers in the community, in our hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes, mental health services, in supported living and those carers going into people’s homes as well as those providing an emergency response. While we all work in different settings, we all put our patients first, and we look forward to taking a moment to say thank you.”

The service will be live streamed here: https://www.facebook.com/CarlisleCathedral/