Key workers championed in week-long celebration

York key workers with Town Crier Ben Fry, Lord Mayor Janet Looker and council leader Keith Aspden. Photograph: City of York Council
1 Aug 2020 @ 12.29 pm
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Key workers in York are being thanked for their extraordinary work during the coronavirus emergency with a week-long Key Workers Celebration which starts on Yorkshire Day today (1 August). 

An open letter to the city’s key workers – those who work as health or care providers, in the emergency services, local government or education – has been published thanking them for their extraordinary commitment to the city and inviting them to relax and enjoy a range of discounts and offers.  

The offers include free entry to attractions such as York Mansion House
York Art Gallery and York Army Museum, and discounts on admission to York’s Chocolate Story, Fairfax House and Jorvik Viking Centre – including 25% off all York Pass tickets.  

Food and drinks offers are also available at a range of businesses across the city including Hazelwood Castle Hotel, Pairings Wine Bar, The Grand York and Plonkers Wine Bar.  

Details of the offers are online here.   

Incredible work

The Visit York information centre team celebrate Yorkshire Day

Cllr Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, said: “The incredible work and effort of key workers across the city cannot be underestimated and it is important that, as a city, we recognise and thank key workers for keeping our city safe. 

“You have given our most vulnerable residents the essential support they need during this difficult time and supported countless communities in responding to the pandemic.” 

The celebration also includes some brand new events including a ‘Wall of Heroes’ on Coppergate. There, York Civic Trust is celebrating those who have given exceptional service to the city, while giving an opportunity for some great selfies and the chance to nominate someone who deserves a plaque. 

Another new treat is an exhibition of portraits of NHS workers by local artist Karen Winship at York Art Gallery.

Clifford’s Tower will also be illuminated in green and blue throughout the week as part of the celebration to honour the city’s key workers.  

The Key Worker Celebration is open to all key workers who live and work in the City of York. To get involved key workers must present their work ID (ie NHS or City of York Council lanyard) or a key worker letter from their employer. 

Pictured key workers

From left, top to bottom: 
Tony Holding, Bin Operative, City of York Council
Nick Plumb, Police Sergeant, North Yorkshire Police
Roisin McEvoy, Senior Physiotherapist within the York Community Response Team, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Nicola Dent, Team Senior & Deputy Manager, Lamel Beeches
Kate Larkin, Sister on ICU, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Stefanie Barnish, Community Nurse, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Mark Stredwick, Delivery Driver, Tesco 

From right, top to bottom:
Ricky Collins, Yorwaste
Joseph Williscroft, North Yorkshire Police
Emily Dervey with son Oliver Dervey, Allied Health Professional Team Leader, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Nicola Dent, Team Senior & Deputy Manager, Lamel Beeches
Anne-Marie Chave – Care Worker, Lamel Beeches
Sophie Tack, Deputy Sister on ICU, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Emma Bower, Staff Nurse on ICU, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Greg Quinn, Consultant Musculoskeletal Lead, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust