Celebrities get behind national call for people to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives during coronavirus outbreak

  • 11 April 2020


Well-known people have shared messages of support to health and care staff on the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) social media channels and reminded people to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Celebrities including Bristol British Bake Off contestant Briony Williams, Portishead musician Geoff Barrow and former UWE student and One Show presenter Angellica Bell have all made videos thanking health and care staff for their commitment to fighting coronavirus and asking people to do their bit to help by staying indoors. Other messages came from Emmerdale actor, Aaron Anthony who trained at the Bristol Old Vic and lives in Bristol as well as Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

GP and BNSSG CCG Clinical Chair Dr Jon Hayes said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic support we’ve had from people across BNSSG, from those who have volunteered their support, everyone who has come out to Clap for Carers on Thursday evenings and the positive messages of support people have displayed in their windows. It helps so much to keep spirits up at this challenging time and remind our health and care workers how much they are appreciated and supported.

“We’re also incredibly grateful to all the well-known people who have helped us to share the message of how important it is to stay at home and help to stop the virus from spreading.”

Emmerdale actor, Aaron Anthony, who’s mum has worked for the NHS for 30 years, said in his message: “NHS staff are putting themselves at risk every single day for us, so let’s do whatever we can to support them and if it as simple as staying at home, to me that seems like a small price to pay.”

One Show presenter, Angellica Bell added: “This is a massive adjustment for so many people and we are all struggling in our own way but can get through this.”

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, who said as a chronic asthmatic he relies on the care of the NHS, said: “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.”

Everyone is reminded to continue to stay at home over the Easter holiday and only to go out for one of four essential reasons: shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicines; taking one form of exercise a day alone or with a household member; any medical need including giving blood or providing help to a vulnerable person and travelling for work purposes when you cannot work from home.

For more information go to gov.uk/coronavirus

Visit the BNSSG Twitter page the full set of celebrity videos: https://twitter.com/BNSSG_CCG

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.