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999 day honours emergency service workers #999DayUK

The work of emergency service workers within the UK has been celebrated in the first-ever “999 Day”.

Aiming to follow the success of Armed Forces Day, Emergency Services Day 999 Day takes places at 9 am on the 9th day of the 9th month.

The charity National Emergency Services Memorial (NESM) won the backing of Theresa May for the event as it hopes to raise £2 million to build the first national cenotaph dedicated to the courage and sacrifice of public servants.

Mrs May said: “I would like to thank everyone working in our emergency services on #999DayUK. They go above and beyond every day to help save lives and keep us safe.”

999 Day was trending at number one across Twitter for most of the 9th of September, with support from police forces, ambulances trusts and fire & rescue.

Greater Manchester Police tweeted: “Today we are proudly supporting #EmergencyServicesDay. A HUGE thank you to all our officers and staff at GMP, as well as all those who work with us 24-hours a day to keep the people of Greater Manchester safe.

“You are all incredible and do a fantastic job.”

NHS England tweeted “Today sees the first The UK’s 999 Day is all about honouring our emergency services. You go above and beyond what is expected of you on a daily basis. This is our simple and understated thank you to all of you.”

On Friday Police Hour was invited to a service of thanksgiving with another special event being launched Heaton Park in Manchester promoting volunteering in the emergency services, educate the public about using the services responsibly, teach life-saving skills, and promote the work our brave services do on a daily basis.

The Prime Minister Theresa May has said “I’m proud to support this National Memorial and the creation of an official emergency services day.  The men and women of our emergency services are there for us when we need them most. As a nation, we are indebted to them for their courage and their sacrifice and it is absolutely right that we should honour their incredible service in this very special way.”

The Founder of the charity, Tom Scholes-Fogg, said: “I am delighted that the Charity and its aims have the support of our Prime Minister. The NESM, Festival and 999 Day are a great opportunity for us all to honour the men, women and service animals who have given so much in the name of public duty.”

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