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Thank You Thursday: Hooray for our heroes

As an ex mental health nurse I feel bound to thank those nurses upon whom the spotlight may shine a little less brightly. Mental health nurses face a very different set of stresses during these disturbing times, when all our fears are amplified. Thank you so much to all of them, going about their work and holding it all together…. modest, calm and strong. I salute you’ — Jo Brand, comedian, ex mental health nurse and patron of Maudsley Hospital & Maudsley Charity

I am so proud of all the Childline counsellors that have kept the service running during the Coronavirus outbreak. Thank you for continuing to be there for children in their hour of need. Childline has delivered thousands of counselling sessions to children supporting them when home isn’t a safe place, and talking to them when things are too overwhelming for them to process. Childline counsellors are the backbone of the service and it wouldn’t exist without you’ — Natalie Dormer, actor, Game Of Thrones

‘Thank you so much for all that you’re doing. We salute you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. Take care’ — Julie Hesmondhalgh, actor

‘Sending much love and support to all the lads and lasses working so hard for our NHS, in hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and out in the community. Also a massive well done to all the people who give their time, paid or unpaid, to charities like the one I’m proud to be patron of — Children North East ( — which is helping hard-pressed families to keep their children safe and well at this crucial time. As we say in Geordieland — Gan Canny!’ — Tim Healy, actor

‘I just wanted to be one of the army of people saying thank you. What you guys have done and are continuing to do is unbelievable’ — Helen Skelton, TV presenter