Northampton Saints stars had a very special message to share with the children and loved ones of TeamNHFT, as well as the other NHS and key workers across the county.
George Furbank, Alex Mitchell and David Ribbans all took the time to record a video message which has been shared around Northamptonshire Health Foundation Trust and their families and on social media.
Franklin's Gardens full-back Furbank, who made his England debut in the Six Nations earlier this year, said, "We know that things are very different at the moment and you’re not able to see your friends, or do the things you enjoy, like coming to the rugby. But we all know you’re being very brave, and you’re very proud of your loved ones working on the front line of the NHS.
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“We hope you’re all keeping well. Thank you for being a hero; for being patient, understanding, and supporting your loved ones as they care for us all. We can’t wait to see you guys again soon.
"Thank you for being a hero, being patient and understanding and supporting your loved ones as they care for us all."
Scrum-half Alex Mitchell addded: "Because of your help people close to you are able to help and care for those people in Northamptonshire who need it most. All the people who have clapped on Thursdays clapped for you, too."
NHFT has continued to deliver a comprehensive range of physical and mental health services during the Covid-19 crisis. Those services are tailored to meet the needs of the people of Northamptonshire and beyond.
Services are delivered in the community, through GP practices, clinics, schools, prisons and in residential and hospital environments by more than 4,500 dedicated individuals.
Saints stars are back in training ths week ahead of a planned resumption of the Gallagher Premiership season on August 15 with matches behind closed doors.
Northampton were fourth in the table when the season was halted in March with nine rounds still to play and are also due to face leaders Exeter in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.
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