Joe Lycett, Dame Sarah Storey, David James MBE and Sam Tutty have joined hundreds of people to record a special rendition of “12 Days of Christmas”, to say a heartfelt thanks to all those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.
The rewritten lyrics sum up the last few months of lockdown to say thank you to ALL of those who have made a difference to their community during the pandemic, including neighbours shopping, NHS workers, teachers, care home workers and taxi drivers.
People from across the UK feature in the video, including nurses, teachers, bakers, electricians, school children, cleaners, charity workers, members of the public and even a kite surfer.
#PinYourThanks wanted to find a special but fun way to recognise all that these unsung heroes have done over the last few months, whilst hopefully bringing a smile to people’s faces after an incredibly difficult year.
The video was entirely written, recorded and produced by volunteers, which fits the vision and ethos of #PinYourThanks. The NHS Supporters Choir and Sweet Charity Choir provided over 100 singers performing a three-part harmony arrangement written and edited by choir master and founder Jenny Deacon. Jenny also wrote the arrangement for Tuba Libres (brass band) for the video.
Clive Little, who co-founded Pin Your Thanks said: “2020 has been a hugely challenging year for so many people but it’s also been the year when we’ve seen communities really come together. We wanted to recognise this but in a unique, fun and festive way, with the hope of making people smile and laugh in the process. We hope this beautiful video, the result of hundreds of hours of volunteer time, will inspire people to think of that special person they should be thanking this year.”
#PinYourThanks is an initiative which was born out of the first lockdown and aims to say a heartfelt thanks to these unsung heroes – such as delivery drivers, nursery workers, teachers, care home workers, nurses, neighbours or postmen.
The thank you comes in the shape of beautiful pin badges designed by some of the leading lights of UK art, entertainment, and sport – including Keira Knightley, Ringo Starr, Joe Lycett, David James, Emeli Sandé, Dame Sarah Storey, Anoushka Shankar and Ian Berry. Badges can be bought for £5 on www.pinyourthanks.org and all profits go to Volunteering Matters and NHS Charities Together.
Since its launch earlier this year, #PinYourThanks has captured hearts and minds across the UK, with people wanting to say a heartfelt thanks by sending a #PinYourThanks badge to friends.