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'Thank You' day

In the UK, June 5 is designated as Thank You Day each year. In order to honour the unsung heroes in local communities who gave their time and resources to improving people's lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, the holiday was first celebrated in 2021.

The campaign quickly gained backing from the government, with the Prime Minister pledging to throw a barbeque "thank you party" for NHS employees and Royal Voluntary Service members. Famous people including Gary Lineker, Lorraine Kelly, Michael Sheen, Dame Judi Dench, Raheem Sterling and Tom Kitchin also pledged to take part. Local neighbourhoods threw picnics, barbecues, and tartan tea parties on Thank You Day.

Are there any unsung heroes in your local community?

​​Is there anyone in your social group or local community who truly deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated for their work? This is a terrific question to ask yourself on Thank You Day. This can be a friend who lends a hand, a teacher who goes above and beyond for the future of their students, or a person of your community who is constantly taking care of and helping those around them.

We can sometimes become so preoccupied with the daily stresses of life that we forget to say a sincere thank you to the people who go above and beyond to help us most, so they can often go unnoticed - Thank you day is the ideal time to express your gratitude.

Why not treat them to something special?

One of the best things about group collections is that you can all pitch in to buy something extra special; why not treat them to something you know they will use or a gift you know they will really love instead of each person buying an individual box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers? When everyone pitches in, the price of the gift goes up, allowing you to indulge a little bit more.

Here is a list of just a few gift card choices you can purchase via the Collctiv app, want to know more? You can download the app for free here.

John Lewis
Marks & Spencer
Naked Wines
Harvey Nichols
The Body Shop
Virgin Experience Days
The Dining Out Card
Lavish Spa & Beauty
Global Experiences Card UK

How can I celebrate on Thank you day?

Light up the BBQ and get everyone together- Thank you day falls in June, meaning the weather is likely to be warmer! Why not light up the BBQ, get some decorations up, put your favourite songs on and celebrate your loved one in the sun! You can always save the pennies and split the cost evenly by downloading Collctiv here today.

Tea and coffee morning - If barbecues aren't your thing, consider hosting a healthy tea and coffee morning, inviting the neighbourhood, decorating the event, baking some cakes, and having a wonderful get-together to honour the kind, helpful people in your town.

Struggling to narrow down the heroes in your neighbourhood?

It can sometimes be hard to narrow down all of the kind hearted people around you, and in most cases there will be more than just one person. Here is a list of people who may go unnoticed in your community.

NHS workers - NHS employees are unquestionably heroes in the UK, and we just do not know where we would be without them. Because of this, they deserve a heartfelt thank you on Thank You Day for all that they do.
Charity workers - Since they concentrate on assisting those in need, charity workers play a crucial role in communities; why not give them the attention they deserve for the day?
Teachers - Teachers are always there to support our children and teach the bright new minds of the next generation! This is so crucial and a selfless career that should never go unnoticed.
Friends/family that give you a helping hand - It's possible that you have a particular friend or relative in mind who is always there for you, whether it's to assist with child care or just to listen when you need to talk. How wonderful it would be to be able to give them back on Thank you day!

Don't forget that on Thank You Day, you can thank anybody you choose! Anyone can be a part of it, and that’s the great thing! Collctiv would love to help you do this.

Why you should get your unsung hero a group gift?

The challenges that can arise while organising group gifts are numerous. People don't want to be waiting around for people to bring them £10 in cash; it's a clumsy and out-of-date practice that may be an embarrassing job that most people avoid. That is why you are in this situation!

Collctiv makes it easy to collect money from your friends whilst also making it easy for them to pay in.

Simply download the app for free here, create a ‘pot’ for your collection and this will generate you a payment link and a QR code.

Share the payment link anywhere – email, WhatsApp – however you would normally communicate with other people in your community, and with just a tap they can donate to your pot. They do not need to download the app, create an account or validate an email – they simply tap to pay, and it’s done. If they have Apple or Google Pay, it takes less than 5 seconds. I told you we had a solution!

There are various ways you can buy your vouchers, either directly through the Collctiv app, or you even withdraw the funds in your pot to your bank account.

Organisers bring people together

Since 2019 Collctiv has helped over 550,000 people from 113 countries come together by making it simple for Organisers to collect money from groups. Whether it's an Easter event, group holidays, or grassroots sports teams - download our free app today and start bringing people together!

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