A #CovidStarPeoplesMedal for every NHS and care worker

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Now that a Covid-19 vaccine is being distributed, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This is the right time to find different ways to honour those who served on the frontline.

That’s why we are launching the Covid Star People’s Medal, an unofficial medal designed by renowned sculptor Harry Gray ("Battle of Britain" and other monuments), to be given to every NHS and care worker. Please sign our petition to show your support for a #CovidStarPeoplesMedal!

We cannot imagine life on the frontline. That much resilience needed, that much witness to human suffering, that much compassion and world class care under such difficult circumstances, demonstrated time and time again; often when looking after people whose loved ones might not even have been able to visit.

However, we can honour and show our appreciation with a People’s Medal and leave NHS and care workers with something that can be passed down as an heirloom for generations.

We hope that the Covid Star People’s Medal will be supported by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, so that we can roll out the initiative nationally to every NHS and care worker. We need to show the Government that this is something the people want - so please sign to show your support.

Background:

In January 2020, Harry Gray, who has designed the medal, was using a Nightingale badge as inspiration for the Nurse Pavilion planned for the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show. When Covid-19 led to the Chelsea Flower Show’s cancellation, Harry still had the badge and was inspired to make a contemporary version to honour those NHS and care workers who have shown such resilience on the frontline.

Harry was treated in hospital in March, just before lockdown. Already he could see the strain on NHS staff - the phrase ‘they deserve a medal’ was said so often that he decided to design one!

Covid Star People’s Medals are not only beautiful and an heirloom for future generations, but they are also of a wearable size. This is because NHS staff have told us they did not want a medal that would “just stay in a drawer at home.”

Harry approached Fattorini, a UK company based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, to make prototypes of the design. Any large order of the Covid Star People’s Medals will be produced by several firms in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, helping to create new apprenticeships. We hope that this campaign will also help some UK firms financially impacted by the pandemic.

Let’s show NHS staff  and care workers the appreciation they truly deserve. Please back our call for a #CovidStarPeoplesMedal today.

Signed
Harry Gray, sculptor
Clare Mulley, popular historian, author and broadcaster
Zehra Zaidi, Founder of We Too Built Britain, Service to the Nation artwork memorial for NHS & key workers
Tom Fattorini, Thomas Fattorini Ltd
Kiera Donovan