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Thank you Thursday: Hooray for our heroes

‘AT the time that we are living in, charities are all losing money and Marie Curie needs to make £2.5million a week to keep nine hospices going and all their amazing nurses on the frontline. Thank you to those nurses for all that they are doing. Please donate to this amazing cause if you can.’ Alison Steadman (main picture), actor and Marie Curie Ambassador

‘A big thank you to all the charities who have been helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society through this crisis. Charities like WellChild have been supporting families with seriously ill children get the vital supplies they need. They have been a lifeline to so many hidden and isolated families.’ Ed Chamberlin, ITV Rac ing presenter and WellChild Ambassador

‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the wonderful foster carers out there who have been looking after children throughout the lockdown. Many have selflessly welcomed new children into their homes even though that might have increased the risk that they contracted Covid-19. I know how transformative foster care can be and it is wonderful that at this difficult time the UK can rely on this wonderful group of people to care for our most vulnerable children.’ Lorraine Pascale, chef and patron of fostering charity TACT

Thank you to all the NHS staff all over the UK working their butts off to keep us all safe. Thank you for all your hard work, it does not go unnoticed!’ Jess Impiazzi, actor

‘I want to say a huge thank you to all key workers. The NHS are doing a fabulous job but, all too often, other key workers are overlooked, yet without them we simply could not survive. So, a massive shout out to the distributors, supermarket workers and small local farm shops who have all had to step out of their comfort zones in response to this pandemic. It has taken hard work, extra manpower and quick thinking, but the results have helped so many vulnerable and struggling families. Therefore, THANK YOU! You’re all doing an amazing job! Keep up the great work, stay safe and we hope to thank you all properly when this is all over!’ Matthew Hoggard, cricketer