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Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Phoebe Waller-Bridge pay emotional tribute to NHS heroes amid coronavirus crisis

Josh Milton April 3, 2020
(From L-R) Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and many more paid tribute to NHS workers shaken by the viral pandemic. (Screen captures via Twitter)

(From L-R) Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Phoebe Waller-Bridge and many more paid tribute to NHS workers shaken by the viral pandemic. (Screen captures via Twitter)

Legends Elton John, Kylie Minogue and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are among a constellation of stars to take part in an emotional tribute video to the British National Health Service, strained by the coronavirus pandemic.

In the last couple weeks, usually reserved Britons have emerged out of their homes to clap, cheer, bang pots and pans and even light fireworks for the NSH in a moving show of solidarity with frontline healthcare providers.

The holy trinity of celebrities are joined by dozens more in a heartwarming video dedicated to NHS England staff.

Elton John: NHS workers are ‘heroes’ in the midst of coronavirus. 

Posted to Twitter Thursday evening, the video begins with Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May thanking medical staffers for working during the viral outbreak bearing down on the country.

“There are a few other people that would like to share their thanks with you,” May said.

The camera then jumps to John holding a placard that reads #ThankYouNHS and #OurNHSPeople.

“You are our heroes and we salute each and every one of you,” the iconic singer says. “Thank you.”

The two-part video then shows a series of glowing smiles from a glittering array of celebrities.

These include David Beckham, Jude LawKate Winslet, Daniel Craig Keira Knightly, Paul McCartney, Naomi Harris and, believe it or not, even more.

The video drew countless comments of support and praise towards NHS workers, with one staffer writing: “About the third time I’ve cried today.

“Incredibly proud to be part of this amazing organisation – the ultimate team.”

Britain’s NHS is bracing itself for a test like no other. 

Britain’s public health system – the cornerstone of the nation’s post-war welfare state – are and will be pushed to breaking point in the coming weeks as an avalanche of feverish, spluttering patients pelts it.

The coronavirus crisis is providing a test like no other in the NHS’ 72-yearlong history.

Members of the public take part in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's National Health Service. (OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the public take part in a national “clap for carers” to show thanks for the work of Britain’s National Health Service. (OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Years of austerity measures have purged the service, forcing current Tory lawmakers to scramble to ensure hospitals and clinics are able to survive.

Grassroots groups, medical staff pool NHS professionals, celebrities and the government are plugging holes after all were shaken by the devastating images seen of hospitals in Italy and Spain.

More: Coronavirus, Daniel Craig, David Beckham, Elton John, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightly, Kylie Minogue, Naomi Harris, NHS, Paul McCartney, phoebe waller-bridge

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