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Britain gets behind Boundless' Public Service Day campaign

Britain finally said ‘thank you’ to the country’s 5.37m public sector workers following a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of Public Service Day.

The day, which took place on Sunday June 23 this year, was launched by the United Nations back in 2003 but has been barely acknowledged in the UK – until now. 

This time more than 4.7m million people were touched by a campaign by public sector membership club Boundless to put the nation’s hard-working public sector workers in the spotlight.

READ MORE: Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

READ MORE: A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

Members of the public were urged to say a personal thank you, whether in person, in writing or on social media, to the nurses, police officers, firefighters, administrators and civil service staff who work for their country. And they did so in their droves.

MPs also clamoured to support the day, with Esther McVey, Johnny Mercer, Peter Kyle, Caroline Lucas, Roger Gale and former firefighter Jim Fitzpatrick all sending in messages of thanks. Esther McVey MP commented: "On Public Service Day we should say a huge thank you to those workers who, day in day out, simply get on with their jobs and make this country work. They keep us healthy, teach our kids, keep us safe on the streets, look after our elderly relatives, fight fires and keep our prisons safe...”

Boundless Chair Heather Glanville said: “For so many people to say ‘thank you’ meant an awful lot and really put Public Service Day on the map in the UK.

“It’s so easy to forget what a big contribution people who work in the public sector make to society, but all our lives are supported by them in some way, almost every day of the year.

“Whether it is the nurse who looks after you in hospital, the police officer who comes to your rescue, the midwife who delivers babies, the civil servant at the job centre who goes the extra mile or the teacher who inspires us and our children – it’s time to let them know they are appreciated.

“We’re delighted that the British public did exactly that and we hope Public Service Day will be even bigger in the UK in 2020.”

It’s not too late to join the conversation or to share your stories about how public sector workers have supported you.

Please use the hashtags #PublicServiceDay #timetosaythanks and include @bemoreboundless. For more information, please visit


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