The National Emergency Services Memorial, a registered charity which is raising £2 Million to build the first national cenotaph dedicated to ALL UK emergency services, including to honour the 7,000+ personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and to give thanks to the more than 1.5 million people work in the services today, are pleased to announce two special annual events in the emergency services calendar.

The first is an ‘Emergency Services Festival of Thanksgiving, which will take place on the nearest Friday to 9th September and will rotate around the country. The multi-denominational service will take place on Friday 7th September 2018 at Manchester Cathedral between 14:00 – 15:00. The event will be attended by the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, Shadow Police Minister, Louise Haigh MP, Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester for Policing and Crime, Baroness Hughes and personnel from across the emergency services. In addition to those invited to the Service, the NESM has set aside 10 extra tickets for each emergency service (police, fire, ambulance, search and rescue and 10 tickets for members of the public). The extra tickets will ensure the service is also attended by those on the frontline, not just those of senior rank. Tickets can be applied for (first come first served) by emailing your name, service, service email address and rank via the contact page. You can read the Order of Service by clicking here. The Blue Light Choir will perform during the service.

The second event is an ‘Emergency Services Day, similar to the successful Armed Forces Day. The 999 Day will take place on 9th September, beginning at 9am (9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month). The 999 Day will consist of a national media campaign (#999DayUK / @Official999Day) and a series of events across the country. The number of events will grow year-on-year, with the first 999 Day taking place on Sunday 9th September 2018 at Heaton Park, Manchester between 09:00am and 16:00pm. The 999 Day will promote volunteering in the emergency services, educate the public about using the services responsibly, teach life-saving skills, and promote the work our brave services do on a daily basis.

The NESM and 999 Day has received the support of Prime Minister Theresa May, who said:

“I’m proud to support this National Memorial and the creation of an official emergency services day.  The men and women of our emergency services are there for us when we need them most. As a nation, we are indebted to them for their courage and their sacrifice and it is absolutely right that we should honour their incredible service in this very special way.”

The Founder of the charity, Tom Scholes-Fogg, said: “I am delighted that the Charity and its aims have the support of our Prime Minister. The NESM, Festival and 999 Day are a great opportunity for us all to honour the men, women and service animals who have given so much in the name of public duty.”