Banburyshire blue ribbon campaign aims to thank key workers - and raise money for health services

Two Brackley women have started a blue ribbon campaign to show the community's gratitude to NHS staff during the coronavirus emergency.

By Roseanne Edwards
Monday, 13th April 2020, 5:31 pm
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 5:34 pm
Helen Cunningham, joint-organiser of the NHS Blue Ribbon Appeal
Helen Cunningham, joint-organiser of the NHS Blue Ribbon Appeal

Helen Cunningham and Julie Edmondson have got together with David's Flowers in Banbury to provide blue ribbons for people to pin to their doors as a visible mark of thanks.

"The blue ribbon appeal is to raise money for the local hospital and hospice," said Mrs Cunningham.

"We have teamed up with David’s Flowers in Banbury who will be supplying these ribbons. In return we are asking for a donation of people's choice to be made via our Facebook page here."Ribbons can be collected from David’s flowers based at Queensway, Banbury (near the Co-op). Obviously social distancing is in place. We hope people will display their ribbons on their door so that all key workers that are caring for us know that we care about them."

Julie Edmondson, co-founder of the NHS Blue Ribbon Appeal

Mrs Cunningham said the appeal is looking for ribbon collection points in the Banburyshire area.

"If you are willing to have some bows outside your property for people to collect please let us know through the Facebook messenger on our page. We'd like to have some collection points on the housing estates and in surrounding villages as well as in the towns so if people are out exercising they can pick one up.

"Anyone ordering flowers from David's Flowers can have one delivered with their order."

A link to the donations page is here.

Blue ribbons adorn the Horton General Hospital's sign supports