Thanks To Key Workers

We would like to pay tribute to all key workers whose dedicated service has been so inspirational over recent weeks and months.

In 2019 it was our privilege to be visited by Michael Rosen who made a memorable appearance at the Hailsham Pavilion. Michael has recently spent 8 weeks in intensive care fighting Coronavirus and we wish him a speedy recovery. His poem, ‘These Are The Hands’ is printed below. It was written to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

These are the hands

by Michael Rosen

for the 60th anniversary of the NHS

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.

These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.

These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.

And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.

Reproduced by permission of United Agents ( on behalf of the author