Celebrities have thrown their support behind Glad to Care, an awareness week celebrating the care industry.
Christ Tarrant, Twiggy, actress Lacey Turner and Strictly Come Dancing stars Giovanni Pernice and Luba Mushtuk are among the stars who have recorded messages for care workers across the UK.
Tarrant’s message draws upon his personal experiences with the care sector.
He said: “I want to say thank you to all the carers everywhere, for what you’ve done for years, what you did for my dear mum, and just what you do, above and beyond any expectation for the sick, the old, the elderly and the frightened.
“These last 18 months, none of us could have had any idea of the challenges we would all, but particularly you would face. You’ve just been brilliant, extraordinary, wonderful, wonderful people. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Twiggy’s contribution reiterated Tarrant’s sentiment, stating: “On this #GladtoCare Awareness Week we’d like to personally thank all of the carers in the UK, who go above and beyond in their duty to look after the elderly and the vulnerable. You do an amazing job and we’re so proud of you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’re amazing.”
Spearheaded by Person Centred Software and Autumna, #GladtoCare Awareness Week kicked off on Monday with a virtual dance session from former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, and will run until tomorrow (July 9).
#GladtoCare Awareness Week serves as a celebration to resilient care workers, following what has a trying period for the industry.
Throughout the week, carers have been encouraged to highlight the reasons why they are #GladtoCare.
By sharing stories, photos and videos on their social channels, participants have showcase milestone moments that have made them feel particularly proud to be caregivers, providing inspiration for others to consider careers within the industry.