“I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the National Emergency Services Memorial. Today there are 2 million people working in the emergency services and the NHS, including 250,000 first responders and tens of thousands of volunteers. Tragically, over 7,000 members of the emergency services have made the ultimate sacrifice as a result of their public duties in the last 250 years.
“We are raising at least £3.2 million to build an emergency services cenotaph, a national symbol of gratitude and sacrifice. The work the emergency services and volunteers do is quite incredible, from the heroic work our health workers are doing to save the lives of those infected with Coronavirus to the brave firefighters going into Grenfell Tower, to the police and other services responding to terrorist attacks. The very least we as a society should be doing is showing our appreciation for our 999 heroes. What better way than to build a monument which will stand for many centuries to come?
“As a serving police officer, I am immensely passionate about the work our services do day in day out; I know all too well the dangers faced by emergency services on every shift, and the great pride when I put on my uniform. I know these are sentiments shared by other first responders.
“I am honoured that this campaign has the support of HRH Prince William, the Prime Minister, First Ministers, NPCC, NFCC, AACE and many others.
“All of us at this charity are very excited to be working with Philip Jackson, the National Emergency Services Memorial sculptor.
“I am confident that together – with your support – we can raise at least £3.2 million to build the UK’s first 999 Cenotaph, and together we can honour the selfless men and women who have served. Donations can be made by clicking here.”
Thomas E.J. Scholes-Fogg, Founder of the 999 Cenotaph