Say a big thank you to our Coronavirus key workers and volunteers

People across Leeds are being encouraged to say thank you to all those currently working so hard to keep us safe and well while maintaining essential services.

The Leeds Big Thank You is an annual campaign which recognises all those who go above and beyond to help people during winter. It’s now been extended to give people a chance to show their appreciation for all those working above and beyond during the current pandemic. This could be anyone, for example, local shopkeepers and supermarket staff, delivery drivers and postal workers, refuse collectors and cleaners, emergency services and health care staff, teachers and chefs, community groups and volunteers, as well as friends, family, carers and neighbours.   

Between November 2018 and February 2020, around 2000 people took part in the winter big thank you campaigns. In the last month alone, 500 more have visited the campaign website or taken to Twitter using the hashtag #BigThanksLeeds to post messages of appreciation for those involved in the city’s response to Coronavirus.   

The Big Thank You campaign is supported by the city’s NHS organisations and, Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police (Leeds District), British Transport Police and community and voluntary organisations. To find out more or to see the gallery of messages, please visit