Remembrance event,
Friday 11th March 2022

Watch NHS Charities Together’s remembrance event

Watch our live-broadcasted remembrance event from 11th March 2022, the second anniversary of when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic. The service was held to remember the incredible sacrifices of health and care staff as well as reflecting on the impact of the pandemic for everyone, including a nationwide minute’s silence at 11am.

NHS staff representing the nations and all areas of healthcare attended the event held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire – including ambulance, hospital, mental health, community, social care and primary care services. They shared personal readings and testimonies and were joined by patient representatives to lay blue heart wreaths as a symbol of gratitude and remembrance. There was also a moving performance from Birmingham Women and Children’s Hospital Choir.

Senior representatives from the NHS and social care also joined this important event, including Chief Nursing Officer for England Ruth May and Chief Nurse for Adult Social for England Care Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE. Lord Nigel Crisp KCB, former NHS Chief Executive, gave an introduction to the live broadcast in his role as Patron for NHS Charities Together.

These Are The Hands by Michael Rosen

©MICHAEL ROSEN, 2008 Permission granted by United Agents (www.unitedagents.co.uk) on behalf of Michael Rosen.


Read by Iain Glen; directed by Tim Langford and produced by EVCOM and the BFI.


With thanks to:

Alamy Ltd

Audio Network

BFI National Archive © Crown copyright

Harrogate & District NHS FT

Iain Glen

Keith Wright/Mr. Wright TV

Lip Service

Medway NHS FT

Peter Booth/Bootherama Ltd

Quality Control Post Production

Ricky Barber/Bleach Productions

Ross Smith/Music for the eyes.tv

United Agents

UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive

And the many NHS employees for their pictures


BFI film clips taken from:

Britain’s Health Services: The Family Doctor (1955), The British Way of Health (1973), District Nurse (1952), Hello! West Indies (1943), Hospital Team in Action (1960), Life in Her Hands (1951), Modern Day Nightingales (1978), Organ Donor Card: Organ Box (1993), Polio Diagnosis & Management (1948), Tracing the Spread of Infection (1949).


EAFA: The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas (1962)


The Edge Picture Company: Pass it On (2009)