Faith leaders and key workers of faith joined an event to thank frontline workers for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the /Together campaign’s effort to mark the 72nd Birthday of the NHS.

The event, hosted by Faiths United, took place in conjunction with the /Together campaign, which launches this weekend. Leaders from eight faiths – the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jain, Jewish and Sikh faiths – nominated a frontline worker from their communities who had made a particularly notable contribution during lockdown. During the event, they paid tribute to them and their colleagues, before each frontline worker described their experience of the pandemic, and one memory that had particularly stood out for them as a source of hope.

A broad range of professions was represented, including health care, education and charity workers, in an event that demonstrated the deep solidarity that exists between different faith communities in the fight against the virus.

Maurice Ostro OBE, Chair of Faiths United, said:

“It was a privilege to be able to thank frontline workers from so many faiths this evening. They played crucial roles as part of teams that have saved lives and kept vital services running. I can think of no better way to illustrate that we are stronger together, and that a united Kingdom makes a great Britain.”

Qari Asim, Chair, Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board and Faiths United member, said:

“We recognise and appreciate the efforts of key workers, from doctors and nurses to teachers, bus drivers and bin collectors. They have kept the country going through this disorienting and challenging period. We at Faiths United have recognised their efforts on a weekly basis, and we salute all that they do.”

Laura Marks OBE, interfaith consultant and founder and Chair of Mitzvah Day, said:

“The NHS has always been an important part of my life: my father was a doctor. While the pandemic has brought enormous pain and hardship, I was comforted by hearing the stories of people who have made a real difference in recent months. These acts of kindness and support demonstrate that whilst we need to recognise and accommodate important differences, we are all united  in building for a better future.”