A TEEN who went viral by translating pop hits into sign language is backing a campaign to make the NHS' birthday a national day of thanks.
Isabella Evans, 14, from Bridgend, has over 200,000 followers on social media as Isabella Signs, mostly on Instagram and TikTok.
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She started learning Makaton sign language to communicate with her younger brother Lucus, eight, who has Down Syndrome and is non-verbal.
Isabella and Lucus recorded a new video in support of the thankyou/together initiative.
It aims to get people across the UK to come together at 5pm this Sunday July 5, to mark the NHS' 72nd birthday.
Brits will have the opportunity to give thanks to everyone who has helped us through the Covid crisis – from nurses to carers, delivery drivers, dustmen, volunteers and good neighbours.
In the video, Isabella and Lucus sign the words ‘thank you’ and ‘together’ and then reveal who they’ll be giving thanks to on Sunday.
Lucas has created a thank you message to his Daddy, “who has done all the shopping,” while Isabella gives her thanks for the delivery drivers who have “literally saved me with my deliveries”.
Isabella and her brother also feature in the launch video for the thankyou/together initiative.
Isabella said: “I love thankyou/together because it’s about thanking everyone who’s helped us get through this – not just carers but shop staff, teachers, friends and neighbours.
“It also encourages us all to connect more with each other, which hasn’t been easy recently.
"I’ve learned how important that is through my social media videos, which have connected me with new friends and followers all over the world. I still miss being able to hug my friends though!
“I have two brothers with serious disabilities, so our family has always been grateful to the NHS for all the support and care we’ve had.
"The whole country has shared in that feeling over the last three months – and I hope we’ll all express it on the July 5 with a huge round of applause.”
On July 5, Brits are being urged to have one last Clap for Carers and download colourful 'signs of thanks' to put in their windows or give to people who have helped them.
The signs can be downloaded here. People are also asked to leave a light in the window on Saturday, to remember those we have lost to Covid-19.
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