A SERVICE of thanks for care services across Cumbria will be streamed for all to see next week.

The special service, held at Carlisle Cathedral, will celebrate health and care workers throughout the county, thanking them for their dedication and selflessness during the pandemic and beyond.

To ensure government guidance on social distancing is followed, members of the public are unable to attend the event in-person, and can instead watch via a live stream on the Cathedrals' Facebook page.

The service will begin at 6.30pm on November 1, including poems and music from key workers, and a performance of My Heart is Blue, written by resuscitation educator David Webster from south Cumbria for his NHS colleagues.

Daniel Sherret, assistant practitioner at the Cumberland Infirmary, will also be performing, after playing the bagpipes every week during the clap for carers.

The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, the Dean of Carlisle, said: “The Cathedral is at the heart of our community, and we want to mark and celebrate the contribution of the health and care staff caring for us all at this very challenging time.

“We have worked hard to make this a safe service and would invite people to join us on Sunday evening by viewing the live stream on our Facebook page.”

The service will be supported by NHS chaplains from across the county, as well as representatives of different faith groups, and will include an opportunity for the community to remember those who have died from coronavirus.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse, Anna Stabler, said: “We want to remember and honour the contribution of our staff who passed away, and also the enormous hard work and innovation of all health and care workers in the community, in our hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes, mental health services, in supported living and those carers going into people’s homes as well as those providing an emergency response.

"While we all work in different settings, we all put our patients first, and we look forward to taking a moment to say thank you.”

To watch the service, visit the Carlisle Cathedral Facebook page.