TAP’s Coast 2 Coast trip was all about the power of gratitude—thanking care workers and showing how gratitude creates positivity.
It all started after I had had a very traumatic life-changing experience. This left me with spinal cord injuries and in a wheelchair. Being in hospital for such a long period of time made me realise the power of gratitude. Moreover, how important it is to keep expressing gratitude.
Healthcare and social care workers keep us safe and provide much-needed support in the community. Although they don’t expect it, when someone does say thank you, it really makes their day!
Coast 2 Coast
In order to express my own personal gratitude and to share some of the dedications on TAP’s social thanking platform, I decided to travel across the country on my mobility scooter!
I began my journey from the Liverpool Docks and after visiting Liverpool University Hospital and Warrington Hospital, I travelled across the country. I had a wonderful reception from the team at Kare Plus Warrington, part of the national Kare Plus group which delivers outstanding nursing, home care and community support. Kare Plus Warrington is also using TAP’s free-to-use social thanking platform. They want to expand its usage to other offices in the north of England.
Expressing our gratitude
TAP’s free-to-use social thanking platform helps us to express gratitude in three key areas. Firstly, we can thank individuals for the work that they’ve done. Indeed, for the work, they continue to do in order to keep us safe. We can also praise healthcare and social care organisations for facilitating the care we continuously receive. Additionally, we can raise funds to ensure that excellent care continues into the future.
After spreading more positivity via Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, I left for Glossop where I met the amazing staff at Reuben’s Retreat, a sanctuary for the families of children with complex medical needs and families of child loss.
On Friday I set off for Worksop where I called in at the Aurora Wellbeing Centre, a friendly community space for people affected by cancer and long term health conditions.
When I finally arrived in Skegness at the end of my Coast 2 Coast adventure, I was met by TV and radio journalists who wanted to hear about my journey!
During the pandemic, gratitude was at the forefront of our minds. We clapped for carers and cheered on the unsung heroes. Now as we emerge from the pandemic, it’s important that we continue to show our appreciation to all deserving key workers. After all, according to a recent survey by the Institute of Health and Social Care Management, 90 per cent of care workers still don’t believe that they receive the recognition that they deserve.
You can watch a short film about my Coast 2 Coast trip—with thanks to BBC Look North, here.
More about TAP
You can thank someone special using TAP’s free-to-use social thanking platform in a number of easy ways:
- Via TAP’s social care thanking walls at thankandpraise.com/social-care-thanking-wall
- Via TAP’s free App available from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Simply search for TAP Thank and Praise.
If you’d like your social care organisation to benefit from TAP’s free-to-use social thanking platform, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Simon Gamewell
Simon enjoyed a long career teaching English in South East Asia. Here, he often received messages of gratitude from his students. It made him realise the power of gratitude, knowing that it’s possible to make a difference in people’s lives. In 2016 he had a life-changing accident that left him in a wheelchair with a spinal cord injury. This put him on the opposite side of gratitude.
The people who work tirelessly and selflessly to provide the recovery care needed are truly thankful and appreciative of the gratitude he gives them. Simon joined TAP because he realised the potential that giving and receiving gratitude has. It provides the power to make the world a more positive place. By devoting his time and energy to such a socially energising cause, he is part of that positive change.