Gateshead Millennium Bridge was lit up in green last night to show support for those working in social care.
The bridge, which spans the River Tyne in the North East of England, had been lit in blue as part of the national ‘Light it Blue’ campaign to show thanks to NHS staff who are working throughout the pandemic.
But last night, as the nation clapped for carers, the bridge was also lit in green to reflect the dedication of social care workers who are also fighting the virus on the frontline and continuing to support vulnerable people in care homes and in their own homes.
Councillor Michael McNestry, Gateshead Council’s Cabinet member for Adult Social Care said: “Our social care teams are on the front line of this pandemic working hand in hand with the NHS to provide care and support for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“Despite the very challenging circumstances all of our social care staff have risen to the challenge, often putting the needs of residents above their own.
“We just wanted to take the chance to say thank you and to clap for our carers in social care, our key workers and our NHS and other community colleagues. Thank you all so much for the brilliant job that you’re doing.”