The Prime Minister, Theresa May has given her backing to the National Emergency Services Memorial and the Official Emergency Services Day campaign, due to be launched at The Emergency Services Show at the NEC, Birmingham on 20 September 2017.
The National Emergency Services Memorial is raising £2m to build the first memorial dedicated to over 5000 emergency personnel who have lost their lives, and to give thanks to the more than 250,000 people working in the services today.
The Prime Minister, said, “I’m proud to support this National Memorial and the creation of an official emergency services day. The men and women of our emergency services are there for us when we need them most. As a nation, we are indebted to them for their courage and their sacrifice and it is absolutely right that we should honour their incredible service in this very special way.”
The charity is backed by former Prime Ministers, David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, all living former Deputy Prime Ministers, Home Secretaries and Leaders of the main political parties, and leaders from across the emergency services.
The founder of the charity, Tom Scholes-Fogg, said, “I am delighted to have the support of our Prime Minister, her predecessors and so many significant people. The NESM and the Official 999 Day is a great opportunity for us to honour the men and women who have given so much in the name of public duty. The memorial will be an opportunity for the country to give thanks, remember and honour their service and sacrifice.”