Belfast City Hall Lit Up at Night

Belfast City Centre

In the city centre, Belfast City Hall has been illuminated in blue lights to show support for the NHS, while hotels including Hilton Belfast, Clayton Hotel  and Holiday Inn are offering rooms NHS staff and essential workers, providing a safe place for them to stay where they won’t be at risk of carrying the virus to family members.

CastleCourt has been running competitions on their social media channels, giving away pamper packages and goodie bags to key workers.  Ulster University has been displaying a huge message of thanks to the NHS, essential workers and local charities with a digital projection by Belfast City Centre Management and Galaxy Events Projection. Find out more on BelfastCentre.com and watch the video here.

Titanic Quarter

Titanic Belfast has been joining the #ChasetheRainbow campaign, lighting up each night with a colourful rainbow illumination as a display of positivity. The lights are designed as a reminder that we all need to support each other during these uncertain days and that there will be better days ahead. On Thursdays, the lights change to solid blue as we #ClapforCarers to show appreciation to the NHS for all their vital work. The 130-year-old Great Light has also been bearing rainbow colours, while Titanic Hotel has been illuminated blue and AC Hotel made a big heart to show the love!

NHSMural 2

Fáilte Feirste Thiar (Visit West Belfast)

In west Belfast, a new mural has been unveiled on the International Wall of Murals, located on Belfast’s Falls Road, to pay tribute to NHS workers and all frontline workers! The location, which has been described by Lonely Planet as Europe’s largest outdoor public art gallery, is close the Royal and Mater hospitals so the new mural will be spotted by NHS staff on their way to and from work.

West Belfast MP Paul Maskey, the Chairperson of Fáilte Feirste Thiar (Visit West Belfast) said: “The community is deeply thankful to NHS workers as they stand at the frontline saving lives every day.

“The community response to the pandemic has been nothing short of amazing. Community organisations, football clubs, GAA clubs and so many others have stepped forward and volunteered their time to help those most in need in our communities. They are heroes also.”

North and West Belfast Soup Kitchen have been busy working through the crisis to deliver soup vulnerable and isolated people in the community, with the help of suppliers like Loaf Catering. Keep up to date with them on Twitter.

Queen's University

Queen's Quarter

Scientists at Queen’s University have been supporting the Department for Health by increasing the capacity for COVID-19 testing in Northern Ireland; while also focusing their research on the global fight against the virus and on finding therapies to treat it. Elsewhere, Queen’s University engineers have been 3D-printing PPE visors and manufacturing valves for ventilators. Find out more about Queen’s University’s work on their website>> qub.ac.uk/coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Cordia Serviced Apartments on the Lisburn Road has been offering accommodation to NHS staff and key workers, doing their part to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

EastSide Partnership

In the east of the city, restaurants including Freight and Cyprus Avenue have joined with Framewerk Gallery to make soups which are delivered to vulnerable people in the community by a host of locally-based artists and business owners who are volunteering their time to do deliveries. Find out more and contribute on their Just Giving page where they’ve already raised over £10,000!

EastSide Visitor Centre
Zoo Explorers' Club

North Belfast

Belfast Zoo has seen a baby boom this spring, with the birth of a rare Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo joey, a maned wolf cub and a Francois langur baby monkey! The team at the zoo thought it was a fitting time to honour the NHS, so they named the new baby langur Cầu vồng, which is Vietnamese for “rainbow” and is a tribute to those working hard in the NHS to keep us all safe. Read more about the new arrivals on their website.

Beyond Belfast

Traceys Farmhouse Kitchen

Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen

Tracey from Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen has been making freshly griddled breads for elderly neighbours and those living in solitude. After starting a foodie swap shop with the locals, she set up a table at her gate with homemade breads and an honesty box so those in the area could pick up fresh bread on their way past.

Echlinville Distillery

The team at Echlinville Distillery has been making hand sanitiser, taking wholesale orders and working really hard to produce and distribute enough of it to meet demand.

Copeland Distillery

Similarly, Copeland Distillery has been making hand sanitiser which has been distributed to hospitals across the UK and to the health service, charities and key utilities locally too.

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👏🏼Galgorm Says Thank You to Essential HSC Keyworkers👏🏼⁣ ⁣ Galgorm Collection will be donating a staggering £750,000 worth of experience vouchers to the Northern Health & Social Care Trust frontline staff in recognition for their hard work, bravery, and commitment to helping patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.⁣ ⁣ Galgorm Collection is rewarding key workers with a range of experiences – from overnight stays, spa days and meals in their award-winning properties across Northern Ireland – to cement its commitment to the community and bring some much-needed respite to key workers.⁣ ⁣ Colin Johnston, Galgorm Collection Managing Director, said:⁣ ⁣ “The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we have seen before and it is placing huge pressure on our health and social care system. We wanted to find a way to sincerely thank our brilliant HSC staff who are on the front line of the fight against this outbreak and coping with unbelievable situations in a remarkably professional and brave manner.⁣ ⁣ We recognise how difficult it must be for every HSC staff member working to manage this crisis, with many separated from their families and working long hours. That’s why Galgorm Collection has decided to donate 5,000 experiences to frontline workers, to show our appreciation and give our frontline heroes the chance to rest and recoup once this emergency is over.⁣ ⁣ The voucher donation represents a charitable contribution of over £750,000 by Galgorm Collection to our local communities and we look forward to welcoming each and every HSC worker through our doors once we can safely reopen. Until then, we will continue to clap for our carers each week and provide whatever support we can to our key workers. We are forever in their debt.” ⁣ ⁣ 💙 Full statement available at Galgorm.com ⁣ ⁣ #GalgormSpaAndGolfResort #Galgorm #HSC #StaySafe

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Galgorm Resort & Spa

The Galgorm has donated a staggering £750,000 worth of experience vouchers to the Northern Health & Social Care Trust frontline staff in recognition for their hard work, bravery, and commitment to helping patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Key workers can enjoy overnight stays, spa days and meals in their award-winning properties across Northern Ireland.

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