THE "THANK YOU" PIN IN AID OF
NHS CHARITIES TOGETHER
A SYMBOL OF OUR TIME
Over the past eighteen months there cannot be anyone who hasn’t felt empathy and pride in the NHS and the incredible work the Service’s personnel have performed on our behalf in the war on Covid-19, risking their lives whilst most of us were secure at home. During that time many of these selfless and brave, but otherwise just ordinary, people have performed extraordinarily, putting their very lives and health in harm’s way, whilst fighting to protect us from this deadly virus in an unprecedented situation.
Christopher Bennett of TMB Art Metal felt a need to do something to say “Thank You” to these heroic people, whilst also raising funds for the NHS. Such an initiative should be a pin badge, but in what form? From the early days of the pandemic clapping hands became a national symbol of gratitude to the NHS and so surely a form of clapping hands would make a fitting and appropriate design for a “Thank You” fund raising pin. A national “symbol of our time” that could be worn to show our thanks for the staff of the NHS, later becoming a keepsake of the pandemic to be cherished and handed down, whilst also raising funds for NHS Charities Together.
It is hoped that with the help of our exclusive stockists, Ernest Jones, The “Thank You” Pin will raise at least £150,000 for NHS Charities Together.
Since opening its doors in 1949, Ernest Jones has established itself as a purveyor of prestige watches and jewellery, which is why TMB Art Metal is delighted they have become the official retail partner of The "Thank You" Pin. Their parent group Signet have been generous supporters of NHS Charities Together in the recent past, and their support in this project is greatly appreciated, especially as it is being done in a non-profit way. Therefore online sales of TMB’s The "Thank You" Pin are being fulfilled through Ernest Jones.
THE HANDS COMING TOGETHER
An idea was formed to base the design around the hands of six members of NHS staff from the Covid front-line, representing all the NHS staff fighting the Covid war. With the help of NHS Charities Together, TMB recruited six ambassadors whose hands were photographed, so using CAD technology they could be amalgamated into our clapping hands design.
Our CAD designer, Tim Milward, took the six pairs of hands photographs and built the CAD design around them.
The essential form is based upon Fathma Shabbir’s hands, then elements from the other five were added on.
Fathma Shabbir: Overall hand and finger shape
May Parsons: Fingernails and left thumb
Dr Amie Burbridge: Finger detail and back of hand texture
Samuel Opoku-Mensah: Knuckle and back of hand texture
Faisal Yousaf: Middle creases on the fingers
Kathryn Gill: Finger textures
It became a difficult job to select our six ‘hands ambassadors’ because there were so many people who we felt should be involved, but we are incredibly honoured and proud to have met six
people who we feel very much represent all those who work tirelessly on the NHS front line on a daily basis. Each of our ambassadors supplied photographs of the back of the right hand and
palm of the left, which Tim Milward took and ‘melded’ into our 3D clapping hands design. They also provided a bit of background on their Covid experiences, which makes humbling reading.
We’re very proud to introduce:
Using the amazing CAD created design based on our NHS Hands Ambassadors hands, the next fascinating and dramatic process is to physically turn the 1940 Spitfire metal into actual three dimensional The “Thank You” Pins. See here the intriguing process as to how that’s achieved:
An obvious beneficial partner in our The Clapping Hands this fund raising project was NHS Charities Together, the national charity caring for the NHS, an independent national charity Partner and umbrella organisation made up of 240 NHS member charities based within hospitals, mental health trusts, ambulance trusts, community health trusts and health boards across the UK. Funds raised by NHS Charities Together enable projects that improve services for patients and helps NHS staff practically and emotionally, so they can continue with their vital life-saving work.
Whilst the National Health Service itself is government funded, NHS Charities Together ensures funds get spent where most needed, improving services for patients and helping NHS staff and volunteers both practically and emotionally, so that they can continue with their vital life-saving work. Post Covid pandemic that need cannot have ever been greater. To that end The “Thank You” Pin in aid of NHS Charities Together will benefit the charity by £10 from the sale of each and every pin sold.
Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together comments “I love this project and want to thank Chris and the team at TMB Art Metal for everything they have done to raise funds for our Covid appeal. This new pin design is fantastic and a lovely tribute to the NHS staff who have worked so tirelessly to keep us all safe and well throughout the pandemic. I urge people to buy one, as it will mean we can do even more to support all NHS staff, volunteers and patients caught up in all this.”